WASHINGTON, April 28 Give an Hour(TM), a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their loved ones, is answering Admiral Mullen's call to action. Admiral Mullen recently called on community nonprofit groups to help military veterans avoid the devastation of substance abuse, mental illness, and homelessness.
"We are the essence of the kind of organization that Admiral Mullen is calling on for assistance. As civilians, it is our duty to offer care to the men and women who are serving or who have served our country. No community is more needed to address these issues than the mental health community. We have the resources and, therefore, the power to save generations from potentially debilitating mental health problems," says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour(TM). "It is my hope that more mental health professionals will join our network and that DoD and the VA will continue and even increase use of our services."
Give an Hour(TM) providers are psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, psychologists, pastoral counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, and licensed professional counselors. Thousands of volunteer mental health professionals are available -- in all 50 states. They are volunteering free counseling services to active duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have separated or retired from any branch of military service. Give an Hour(TM) is also offering free services to parents, siblings, unmarried partners, grandparents -- in short anyone who loves someone affected by the current conflicts.
By providing services that are separate from the military establishment, Give an Hour(TM) offers an essential option for men and women who might otherwise fail to seek or receive appropriate services. There is no paperwork; no insurance claims need to be filed, and no money changes hands. Give an Hour(TM)'s services are absolutely free and there is no limit to the number of sessions one can receive. As of March, Give an Hour(TM) has already provided over 24,000 hours of free service, valued at $2.4 million.
Give an Hour(TM) has nearly 5,000 licensed mental health professionals on its network, in the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico. Give an Hour(TM) aims to recruit 40,000, or 10 percent, of the nation's 400,000 mental health professionals to this cause.
Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour(TM) can complete an easy online form at www.giveanhour.org. Visitors in need of services can log on and use the provider search to locate a mental health professional in their area who meets their needs. If there is no provider in their area, Give an Hour(TM) will locate one.
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