Give an Hour(TM) Volunteer Mental Health Professionals Provide Nearly $2 Million in Services to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, Families, and Communities

Nov 11, 2009, 08:00 ET from Give an Hour

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Give an Hour(TM), a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their loved ones, announces results of its October 2009 survey and reports a 166 percent increase in services rendered since one year ago.

Give an Hour(TM) periodically surveys its volunteer providers to assess its impact and effectiveness and to determine how programs and services can be adapted to best meet the needs of this population.

The October 2009 survey found:

  • 19,794 total hours have been donated in mental health services, not including volunteer hours spent on operations
  • 6, 869 hours were given in direct, face-to-face counseling
  • 1, 203 hours were given in phone counseling
  • 9, 988 hours were given in education and outreach
  • 1, 734 hours were given in additional ways, such as community events

Using a nationwide average of $100 per hour for mental health services, Give an Hour(TM) providers have donated $1,979,400 since Give an Hour(TM) began providing these critical services in July 2007.

Give an Hour(TM) has more than 4,500 licensed mental health professionals on its network, in all 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.

"This Veterans Day, as our nation honors our veterans, it is very appropriate for us to report on GAH's impact," says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour(TM). "It is clear that our volunteer providers are making a difference. In the wake of the Fort Hood tragedy, we issued a call to action to all mental health professionals in Texas to join our network. Today, I'd like to echo that call across the country. Whether it is direct counseling or whether it is educating the military and veteran communities and the general public about these issues, the services of Give an Hour(TM) volunteers are vital."

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

About Give an Hour(TM)

Give an Hour(TM) ( 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.

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