Thursday, September 27, 2012

Give an Hour participates in Army National Guard Stand Down Day

Give an Hour President and Founder, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen is in Ft. Bliss today attending the Stand Down event. She will be speaking and answering questions about Suicide Prevention and related subjects to an audience of over 300 soldiers and leaders.

Give an Hour is participating in Army National Guard Suicide Prevention Stand Down - Health & Safety Fair in Arlington, VA today. Chief Operating Officer of Give an Hour, Nancy St. Claire, spoke earlier this morning about Give an Hour. Here is a picture of the Give an Hour information table. If you are attending the event, please stop by the table and say hi!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Military Spouse Support Group - Greater Milwaukee!

This group was started by a Give an Hour volunteer on our Give an Hour Connected site. This site is very interactive and has many features including an iPhone app. Check it out, register, and contribute!

The Military Spouse Support Group - Greater Milwaukee is a great way to meet and connect with other spouse in the area who share common situations and challenges in the military. Many spouses are faced with numerous stresses while maintaining their life, job, and relationships. In addition, spouses raise children often by themselves due to husband or significant other deployment, separation or temporary duty assignment.  This can cause a variety of challenges for the spouse whose life become difficult and demanding at times.  The support group is a great way to connect other spouses together so that they know that they are not by themselves.  The objective of this group is emotional support, child care tips, and to balance work and life. 

For more information and to join this group click here:

Monday, September 10, 2012

Suicide Prevention Month

Veterans Crisis Line
Suicide Prevention Month Partner Outreach
Blog Post
Stand by Them:
Show Your Support for Veterans During Suicide Prevention Month

September is national Suicide Prevention Month, an important reminder that you can make a difference in the life of a Veteran every month and every day. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs organizations and individuals across the country to educate their communities about the signs of suicide risk and raise awareness about the free, confidential support available from the Veterans Crisis Line. To accomplish this mission, VA encourages Veterans’ communities, friends, and family members to get involved, learn more, and help spread the word to promote mental health and prevent Veteran suicide.

A critical step in preventing suicide is learning to recognize warning signs. Although many at-risk Veterans may not show any signs of intent to harm themselves, there are behaviors that could indicate that a Veteran needs support. In addition to talking about suicide or hurting oneself, some signs that a Veteran may be at risk for suicide include engaging in risky behaviors, withdrawing from family and friends, and feeling hopeless, anxious, and angry. To learn about additional signs that someone may be at risk, go to  

If a Veteran you know exhibits any of these signs, trained professionals—many of them Veterans themselves—at the Veterans Crisis Line can help. Just call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at, or text to 838255 for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 640,000 calls and made more than 23,000 life-saving rescues. In 2009, an anonymous online chat service was added, which has helped more than 50,000 people. In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text messaging service to provide another way for Veterans to connect with round-the-clock support. Qualified and caring VA responders are also able to provide referrals to local VA services and aid Veterans in getting fast-tracked mental health care within VA.

Every American can help prevent Veteran suicide. During Suicide Prevention Month, stand by our Veterans and their loved ones. Spread the word about the Veterans Crisis Line and help make sure that all Veterans know that confidential support is only a call, click, or text away. Go to to take the Suicide Prevention Month pledge and learn how you can educate yourself and those around you about suicide risk and the Veterans Crisis Line.

You can also visit to download free Suicide Prevention Month materials, including posters and flyers that you can print and distribute in your community; online ads in a variety of sizes and formats to display on your website; and, free, ready-to-go content for your Facebook page, Twitter feed, newsletters, or other print materials.

Our Veterans stood by us. Now let’s stand by them. Together, we can make sure they get the support they earned and deserve.

Visit to learn more.

To learn about additional warning signs of crisis, go to  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Veteran's Festival in St. Louis a Success Despite Hurricane Issac

Give an Hour hosted a table at the Veteran's Festival of St. Louis which began on the morning of Saturday, September 1st and ended the afternoon of Monday, September 3rd in St. Louis Forest Park. Here is media coverage of the festival this past weekend. Despite the remnants of Issac, the festival was a great success. Give an Hour provider and volunteer, Charli Prather, spoke to reporters about Give an Hour's services for veterans and their families.