Cause of the Month: Give an Hour
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."
What Give an Hour Does
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.
Why We've Partnered With Them
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.
What to Expect This Month
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.