Mental Health and the Military: How Red Cross Volunteers are Serving Those who Serve

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It's also Military Appreciation Month, and the Red Cross is strongly committed to both supporting mental health and supporting members of the Armed Forces and their families. Combining the two, the Red Cross trains licensed mental health professionals to volunteer and provide support to members of the military, veterans and their families. 

The Mental Health Corner Brings Practical Tips to Red Cross Volunteers

By Jennifer Astion The Mental Health Corner has become a regular component of the Red Cross Northwest Regions All Teams Huddle. A representative from the Disaster Mental Health (DMH) Team addresses a topic of general interest to volunteers. “We have talked about the value of humor, how to make our social connections in the virtual … Continue reading The Mental Health Corner Brings Practical Tips to Red Cross Volunteers

How Diane Burnett Brings Comfort to Hard-Hit Disaster Survivors

By  Gordon Williams, Red Cross Volunteer Most Red Cross volunteers deployed to a disaster scene are sent to help feed and house the victims. When Diane Burnett of Seattle was sent recently to tornado-ravaged Alabama, her concern was more the mental health than the physical needs of disaster victims. A swarm of three dozen tornadoes … Continue reading How Diane Burnett Brings Comfort to Hard-Hit Disaster Survivors

Why I Volunteer: Rachel Stapleton

I am a Social Worker by profession and have benefited from Red Cross services both personally and professionally. I was inspired to get involved. I volunteer with the Red Cross because I believe in the value and necessity of mental health services for all people including those experiencing unexpected events. I am currently part of … Continue reading Why I Volunteer: Rachel Stapleton

Helping to Heal the Emotional Scars of Hurricane Harvey

By Gordon Williams The task of most Red Cross volunteers in a disaster zone is to provide victims with food, water and shelter. The task of volunteer Ginger Van Ry in a disaster zone is to provide skilled emotional support to victims whose response to disaster can range from stoic acceptance to deep, crippling depression. … Continue reading Helping to Heal the Emotional Scars of Hurricane Harvey