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The Campaign to Change Direction

The Campaign to Change Direction is a coalition of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. This collective impact effort is led by Give an Hour and was launched in March 2015.


We must change our culture if we are to succeed in saving lives and ending suffering. We must come to accept that mental health and mental illness are elements of the human condition – just as physical health and disease are.

- Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour



Want to be a part of the change?

Together we can #ChangeMentalHealth.  

Join Give an Hour to Change Direction

Give an Hour has harnessed a network of generous and compassionate professionals across the United States who use their expertise to provide free, quality mental health care to service members, veterans, their families, and their communities.

Licensed provider interested in serving the military and veteran population?

Click the button below to learn more about the benefits and expectations of becoming a Give an Hour provider.


Licensed provider interested in serving other at-risk populations?

We also know many in our society struggle with mental health challenges, and not all have access to care. As part of this effort to change the national culture on mental health, we are in the process of expanding our model to provide free mental health care to other groups in need.

We plan on expanding our efforts to provide services to a number of populations in need including:

  • At-risk youth
  • At-risk seniors
  • Native Americans and other vulnerable communities
  • Firefighters and first responders
  • Homeless individuals and families
  • Those in the criminal justice system with mental health challenges

If you would like to volunteer to help us provider free mental health care to others in need, please submit this form: http://www.changedirection.org/give-an-hour/campaign-provider-form/

Not a licensed mental health provider?

Join Give an Hour's organizational volunteers by visiting giveanhour.org/ForVolunteers.aspx



Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change


Give an Hour – the backbone organization behind the Campaign to Change Direction – created The Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change to showcase successful efforts, forge new alliances and create a strategic vision to eradicate the fear, shame and guilt that prevents those who are suffering from receiving the compassionate care they deserve.  Join us!


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