Giving Tuesday 2016

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"It is 4:45 pm—just about quitting time.  The phone rings. 
The caller’s voice is hesitant and he says, “I…uh…got your number from a buddy of mine.
He said you helped him and you might be able to help me. 

I FEEL LIKE I’M ON THE BATTLEFIELD
AND I AM ABOUT TO EXPLODE.

I know you are probably about to leave work,
so never mind, I’ll let you go. I’ll be ok.”

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A trained and certified veteran peer mentor at Mental Health America of Greater Houston realizes this call is important—this call is serious. You see, the mentor knows this situation all too well, she once walked in this caller’s shoes. The caller is a veteran and his military experience changed him.

Your Gift is Life Changing.

While most are strengthened by their service, far too many struggle with life outside the military.  The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone on for 15 years with no end in sight.  Multiple deployments, years of dangerous exposure to concussive events, unprecedented reports of military sexual trauma, and the veteran suicide epidemic have taken an unprecedented toll on our men and women in uniform.  Often, mental health issues co-occur and are compounded by substance use, isolation, family strife, unemployment, and homelessness, which have led to an alarming rise of veteran self-medication and incarceration.

Providing veteran peer mentors to veterans in crisis is just one way Mental Health America of Greater Houston draws on the strength of community and collaboration to offer veterans and veteran families support and resources, but most of all camaraderie and hope, to live as healthy, whole and productive citizens.

Give Big on Giving Tuesday. 

The veteran peer mentor program and other initiatives at Mental Health America of Greater Houston offer immediate support to veteran service men and women as well as their families. 
Your gift furthers our capacity and helps address so many veteran issues including unemployment, suicide, military sexual trauma, mental health, substance use, criminal justice, homelessness, stigma reduction and public policy representation at the State Capitol.

In addition to veterans, Mental Health America of Greater Houston inspires change in the areas of children and schools, integrated health care, chronic illnesses, women’s health, suicide prevention and aging.  Our education, training, public policy, peer support and awareness programs enrich the lives of individuals, families and communities. 

We join forces with others to work through problems in public systems and find solutions for change. We reach out and connect to our community to create a landscape where mental health and mental illness is recognized and normalized—not stigmatized.  We collaborate and invest in opportunities to make access to care available to those who need it and to make communities mentally healthy, vibrant and strong for all who live and work here. 

This Giving Tuesday, let’s work together to improve mental health options for all people and all communities in Greater Houston for generations to come.

Click here to Donate or to Volunteer.

Thank you for your support.

 

Susan Fordice
President and CEO

For Help with A Donation:
Shari Koziol, Chief Development Officer
skoziol@mhahouston.org
713-520-3471