22 veterans commit suicide daily. The main factor in this is a lack of available mental health care. Which is why this September we are proud to partner with Give an Hour.
Give an Hour was founded in 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a licensed clinical psychologist. According to their website, Give an Hour's mission is to, "develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. By harnessing the skill and expertise of volunteer professionals, we are able to increase the likelihood that those in need receive the support and care they deserve."
While Give an Hour helps a multitude of different folks, one of their main focuses is helping those within the military and their families. There is a great need within the military community for available, quality care. According to the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, 20 percent of the vets who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from either major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. 19.5 percent of vets in these two categories have experienced a traumatic brain injury. These three service-related disorders alone have an enormous impact on the demand for veteran mental health treatment.
We want to honor those who have served and help them get the treatment they need. Mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why we love what Give an Hour is doing for communities nationwide. There is a gap in the care of veterans that is causing a myriad of issues, such as contributing to the large number of homeless vets (23 percent of homeless folks are veterans,) and the fact that over 20 veterans per day commit suicide. We want to help bridge this gap in care, which is why for the month of September we will donate 10 percent of every sale to Give an Hour.
Our exclusive September collection, titled HERO., will drop on September 4th. The pieces in the HERO. collection are inspired by our military community and modeled by real veterans and active duty members. In addition to this awesome new collection, keep your eyes peeled to our blog this month for real stories from veterans, ways you can help your community, and more.
(We’d like to begin by including a Content Warning for mentions of sexual assault throughout this blog. Take care of yourselves and read with caution, friends.)
It's been a long, stressful, and emotion-filled week. The Kavanaugh hearings have, for many - especially survivors of sexual assault - been emotionally exhausting. The current news cycle is triggering for many survivors. Because of this, RAINN's hotline has been overflowing with calls to a point they can’t keep up, Twitter has been overflowing with both support and contempt for Dr. Ford, and most of our conversations here at BLōFISH have centered around the news cycle and how we can help.
Sarah wanted a career that allowed her to see the world but also let her be a part of something bigger than herself. This led her to the military. She chose this path with a goal to, “become something more.” Along with serving our country, Sarah explained that her reason behind joining the Maven program was “to inspire others to be themselves and not be afraid to show who they are.”