Calling all Military Caregivers! Give an Hour and Campaign to Change Direction are working to #changementalhealth
Military Caregivers providing practical tools, tips, and resources enabling Caregivers to care for their mental well-being and the mental well-being of others.
Give an Hour is a nonprofit that asks mental health professionals nationwide to literally give just an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to active duty service members, veterans, and their loved ones.
Clinical Specialist Brenda Campbell of Give an Hour will discuss the mission and services of the organization and most importantly, share how YOU as a caregiver can take advantage of such FREE services in your local area.
Joining Brenda, guest expert Jenny Hartsock, of the Campaign to Change Direction, will explain the 5 signs of emotional suffering that we should all be aware of in order to take care of ourselves and those we love. These Five Signs are simple, observable indicators that everyone can learn.
Jenny Hartsock is a Liaison with the Campaign to Change Direction since July 2015 who previously served as Give an Hour's Project Coordinator for the Richmond and Norfolk, Va., areas for the Wins for Warriors initiative. She brings nearly 14 years of Army experience, having served in the U.S. Army as an active duty Engineer Officer for over six years and currently serves as a Major in the Virginia National Guard.
Brenda Campbell is a Clinical Specialist for Give an Hour, a national non-profit that provides free mental health counseling services to members of the military, veterans and their loved ones. Brenda provides outreach and training to mental health professionals and collaborates with like-minded partner organizations. She also runs the DC Collaborative, which is a collective impact initiative that supports service members, veterans, and their families in the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Give an Hour, Brenda was a Clinical Trainer for Military OneSource which is the Department of Defense’s EAP for active duty services members and their dependent family members. Brenda provided training to staff on all components of the highly specialized EAP including clinical and military culture training. Brenda received her MSW from University of Maryland at Baltimore. She has almost 20 years experience in the field of employee assistance including account management, clinical supervision, provider relations, training, and critical incident stress management.
Patti Katter has been caregiver to Ken for over eight years and has volunteered with several different organizations that help veterans transition from military to civilian life. During her husband’s deployment, Patti bonded with the wives of the soldiers in her husband’s unit and helped returning injured unit members. During her husbands deployment, 23 soldiers were killed in war and many others were wounded. Seeing a great need for support services for military spouses, Patti started a local support group and early on realized that a long-term support network would be critical. Patti has found her place employed by a military nonprofit, Hope for The Warriors, and says although her husband is retired, they’re still a military family — strong, courageous and resilient.