WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – August 08, 2016) – Give an Hour’s annual Celebration of Service event, where we honor those who wear the uniform and civilians who serve here at home, will begin this year on October 5th and culminate with a benefit concert by Grammy Award winning country artist Chris Stapleton at DAR Constitution Hall on October 9th sponsored by LHI.
Give an Hour is a national nonprofit designed to provide free, confidential mental health care to those who serve, their loved ones and their communities. The Celebration of Service honors, engages, and inspires both the military and civilian communities. Give an Hour is also the backbone organization behind the Campaign to Change Direction, a collective impact effort to change the culture of mental health in America.
Chris Stapleton initially supported Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction through the creation of his first ever music video for the haunting song Fire Away. This powerful video draws attention to emotional suffering and closes with the Change Direction website to encourage those in need to seek the care they deserve.
Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour, said, “Every social movement benefits from the voices of leaders and celebrities who join the conversation and amplify the message. Chris and his wife Morgane understand this and have been tremendously generous with their time and their talent.” She added, “in order to recognize the contribution that Chris and Morgane have made to reach those in need, we are proud to announce that our 2016 Agents of Change Award will be presented to Chris and Morgane Stapleton at this year’s Celebration of Service.”
Tickets for the Chris Stapleton concert, which will be held on October 9th in Washington, D.C. at the D.A.R. Constitution Hall, will be available for purchase on Friday, August 12th, at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. More information is available at www.chrisstapleton.com.
In addition, Give an Hour will be releasing a select number of VIP tickets. The VIP ticket opportunities will be available at www.celebrationofservice.org on August 22nd.
About Change Direction
The Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America, encourages Americans to care for their mental well-being just as they do their physical well-being. The Campaign is led by Give an Hour, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to the military and veteran community. Change Direction addresses common barriers to understanding mental health and raises awareness about Five Signs that may indicate someone is suffering emotionally and needs help: change in personality, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care, and hopelessness. Over 240 partner organizations are using their unique skills and opportunities to spread awareness. Organizations and individuals who are interested in learning more or making a pledge can visit www.changedirection.org.
About Give an Hour
Give an Hour, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) providing free mental health services to military members, veterans, and their families, was founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. Give an Hour has been instrumental in the development of the community-based approach to addressing the challenges that face our nation’s military community, having created a successful model for harnessing skill-based volunteers eager to offer their services. Thus far, the network of nearly 7,000 licensed mental health professionals has provided more than 192,000 hours of care and support to those in need. To learn more, visit www.giveanhour.org or https://connected.giveanhour.org.
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