Give an Hour(TM) Provides Free Mental Health Services to Military and Civilian Personnel Serving in Haiti

Jan 20, 2010, 09:05 ET from Give an Hour

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Give an Hour™ has expanded its free mental health services to all military personnel and civilian aid workers, as well as their families, serving in Haiti.

Give an Hour™ is a nonprofit organization that has created a national network of licensed mental health providers who are responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society.  While the majority of Give an Hour™'s focus has been on providing free counseling and other mental health services to military members, veterans, their families, and their communities who are experiencing the psychological effects of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Give an Hour™ will expand its reach to include military and civilian personnel who have been called to duty in Haiti.  Currently, there are more than 4,600 providers nationwide in the Give an Hour™ network.

"As our nation learned following the September 11 attacks, relief workers are often understandably traumatized by the experience of assisting in the aftermath of a disaster. Those of us in the mental health community must now do our part to assist these relief workers— military and civilian—by making ourselves available to those who have stepped up to provide relief following the devastation in Haiti," explains Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour™.

Dr. Van Dahlen adds, "With approximately 400,000 licensed mental health professionals in the United States, we know there is a great opportunity to make a tremendous impact on the lives of so many of these honorable men and women and their families—just by donating one hour a week.  And, so we are asking all mental health professionals to please join our network."

Give an Hour™ providers offer assistance to individuals, couples, children, and families. In addition to direct counseling, volunteers give presentations, provide consultation, teach skills, offer support and, perhaps most important, demystify mental health care.

Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour™ can complete an easy online form at  

Give an Hour™ ( is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization's mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour™ has providers across the nation—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—and continues to recruit volunteer mental health professionals to its network.

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