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Give an Hour Launches Global Week-Long Mental Health Initiative

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Give an Hour, a US-based, not-for-profit mental health services organization in June 2019 partnered with high profile companies including Facebook, Aetna and IBM to promote global awareness around mental health.

The week-long global public education initiative called A Week to Change Direction ran from June 9 to June 15, 2019 with projects registered in 18 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. The initiative includes educating communities on the five signs of emotional suffering (personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness), and taking action to ensure that mental health supports are readily available for those in need.

According to Psychologist Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., Founder and President of Give an Hour, “Mental health disorders are increasing in every country around the world and are expected to cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030″… “We are honored to host the first-ever globally-coordinated week-long effort focused on changing the way we think about, talk about and address mental health, emotional well-being and mental illness.”

A Week to Change Direction is part of Give an Hour’s wider initiative called the Campaign to Change Direction which was initially launched in the US in 2015 and has now been taken up by 700 partners worldwide. The Campaign to Change Direction urges everyone to know the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering, to learn to identify those signs in themselves or a loved one, and if found, to seek or offer help and support.

To learn more about the initiative go to www.giveanhour.org, or visit www.changedirection.org. for more information and access to the Give an Hour tool kit and recommended actions.


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