Join us on June 15 in NYC!

By June 2, 2016News

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Meet our Friends of Change Direction:

Oren Moverman (film director, screenwriter, & producer)

Chamique Holdsclaw (former WMBA player)

6-7:15PM:  Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres

7:30PM: A Day for Grace

9:00PM: Dessert Reception

Give an Hour and The Campaign to Change Direction are pleased to invite you to an exclusive presentation of A Day for Grace in New York City on June 15th. Please join us for cocktails prior to the play, where you will meet Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, President and Founder of Give an Hour, the backbone organization behind the Campaign to Change Direction, along with other special guests. The conversation will continue during a dessert reception following the play.

The Campaign to Change Direction, a collective impact effort designed to change the culture of mental health in America, is proud to partner with A Day for Grace. Written and performed by Doug Vincent, original music performed by Sam Llanas (formerly of BoDeans), A Day for Grace is a unique musical theater performance that explores a number of important emotional themes including the confusion, shame and guilt that so often accompanies human suffering.

This is a poignant story that combines music, theater, and autobiographical anecdotes to reflect the impact of trauma and loss as well as the potential for healing. The show is produced by Boulder StoryHealers, a project of the Colorado Mental Wellness Network, with music direction and direction by Gary Tanin.

A key assumption of the Campaign to Change Direction is that theater and music play an important role in changing culture. Dr. Van Dahlen said, “The important work we are doing to change the culture of mental health benefits from creative expression and innovative approaches that engage audiences. A Day for Grace will resonate because we have all experienced emotional pain and many of us have struggled with mental health challenges.” She added, “We are proud to partner with Doug Vincent and his team. We know that this powerful story will touch all who see it.”

For more details about the play, please visit

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 180 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

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 175,000 hours of care and support to those in need. To learn more, visit or

When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

Where: MIST Harlem – 46 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026 – View Map

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