Thursday, July 19, 2012

Give an Hour | Events | Fayetteville, NC Photographer

I had the opportunity to take pictures of a wonderful event that it's main goal was to bring awareness to post traumatic stress disorder, military suicides, and helping our returning soldiers reintegrate back into their every day lives back home.

Give an Hour is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the servicemembers and families affected by deployments to war torn countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

The organization provides counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents. They also offer treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, sexual health and intimacy concerns, and loss and grieving.

In addition to direct counseling services, the organization's providers are continuously working to reduce the stigma associated with mental health by participating in and leading education, training, and outreach efforts in schools and communities and around military bases.

One of the many ways the organization is participating and leading the outreach efforts just happen at the Camero Art House Theater, July 10th. The theater hosted a film screening of 'Hell and Back Again,' which tells the story of 25-year-old Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris' "personal struggle at home in North Carolina, where Harris confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife, Ashley. Masterfully contrasting the intensity of the frontline with the unsettling normalcy of home."

It's a powerful documentary that I suggest you all watch. I also suggest if you are like Nathan or know someone like Nathan, please get in contact with Give an Hour. They truly are passionate about helping veterans and servicemembers through the processes of reintegration and have a wealth of knowledge to share with you.

Don't forget to click on the hyperlinks I provided for you to learn more about the organization, venue, and movie!

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