The American-British-Canadian girl music group, G.R.L., is supporting a new campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues.
G.R.L. is made up of members Lauren Bennett, Emmalyn Estrada, Natasha Slayton and Paula van Oppen. The group originally included singer Simone Battle, who took her own life on September 5, 2014. After losing their talented friend, the group decided to help raise awareness about mental health issues in America. They have joined Give An Hour and other organizations for a national campaign launching March 2015.
Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501c3, founded in September 2005, by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area, to meet the mental health needs of military personnel, families, and communities affected by the post-9/11 conflicts. Thus far, the network of nearly 7,000 licensed mental health professionals have provided more than 145,000 hours of care and support to those in need. Give an Hour is now working to address the greater mental health challenges that face our nation. By leading a collective impact effort to change the story in America around mental health, mental illness, and wellness, Give an Hour and its partners will educate Americans about the signs of emotional suffering and will work to eliminate the barriers that prevent those in need from seeking the help and support they deserve.
Find out more about the campaign here.