Give an Hour: Giving Back to Our Nation's Heroes

Give an Hour is leading a campaign to change the culture of mental health in America. The campaign released a public service announcement that ran on the jumbotron in New York’s Times Square. (Video does not contain sound.)

United Health Foundation has partnered with Give an Hour to ensure our nation's heroes and their families have access to the health care services they so rightly deserve. A $1.6 million partnership grant from United Health Foundation is helping the organization raise awareness of agencies and organizations that:

  • provide culturally competent counseling to service members, veterans and their loved ones;
  • grow its mental health care provider network;
  • help military families access the resources and services they need by creating a comprehensive mental health resource list; and
  • address barriers to treatment, such as money, stigma and transportation, in collaboration with other organizations.

Give an Hour has been instrumental in the development of the community-based approach to address the challenges that affect our nation's military community, having created a successful model for harnessing skill-based volunteers eager to offer their services. The network of nearly 7,000 licensed mental health professionals have provided more than 163,000 hours of care and support to those in need.

Give an Hour is now leading the Campaign to Change Direction, a collective impact effort developed to change the culture of mental health in America. Give an Hour and its partners will address common barriers to understanding mental health and raise awareness about the signs of emotional suffering.

(August 2015)