Mental health group offers free services in aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Matt Saintsing
September 17, 2018 - 11:38 am

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As Hurricane Florence continues to ravage the Carolinas with torrential rainfall sending millions into crisis, one nonprofit group is expanding to include those left in the storm’s powerful wake. 

Give an Hour, a nonprofit that provides free mental health services to veterans and their families is expanding its network to connect those affected by Hurricane Florence. 

“We have thousands of generous mental health professionals in our network who volunteer their time to provide critical services to those in need,” said Give an Hour’s Founder and President, psychologist Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen. 

“Some Give an Hour providers may join efforts happening on the ground in their own communities, while others in our vast network will offer phone support to the thousands who need compassion and assistance. We all have gifts to give to those who are hurting.”

This isn’t the first time the group has expanded its network to include those impacted by disasters, both natural and man-made. They’ve done so during the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school, Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombings.

Give an Hour was founded in 2005 to provide mental health care, free of charge, to the military community and their families. In recent years, however, they’ve harnessed their full network of 7,000 mental health professionals to include other populations in need, like those who suffer emotionally when disaster strikes. 

And they’re looking for mental health providers interested in joining the network, which has provided nearly 265,000 hours of free care. That’s more than $26 million in pro-bono services. 

For those seeking support in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, click here.  

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