Giving Together $10 Million Match
Challenging people across the country to use their time, talent, and resources to make a difference - donations of up to $1,000 will be matched throughout 2019 until we reach our $10 million goal.
Change the Way the World Views Mental Health
In a time when suicide rates are the highest they've ever been, we have to do something about our nation's unhealthy culture surrounding mental health. People are reluctant to say that they are hurting emotionally, even to family and friends. Many people, especially men, who are more than 3.5 times more likely to buy by suicide than women, don’t want to appear vulnerable, or they feel ashamed. This is a dangerous mentality to have. To address this mental health issue, there simply aren’t enough mental health professionals. One in five people in the United States has a diagnosable mental illness—that’s over 60 million people. But there are only half a million mental health professionals. Progress is being made as we learn more about the complex issues of mental health, but there is so much more work to be done.
Give an Hour, an organization dedicated to changing how we address mental health in our country, launched the Campaign to Change Direction in 2015. The Campaign has a simple, but grand objective – to change the culture of mental health. The strategy of the campaign was to teach people to recognize the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering – in themselves, and in others -- and to talk openly about these things. The Signs fit on a wallet card: Change in personality, Agitation, Withdrawal, Lack of personal care, and Hopelessness. It’s amazing that something this simple could be helping millions of people.
It turns out the world is hungry for the solutions Give an Hour provides. Give an Hour now has nearly 7,000 licensed mental health providers who volunteer an hour a week for a year. Together they’ve given nearly 300,000 hours of free care -- largely to the nation’s military and veterans, and recently to other at-risk populations.