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Chesterfield County rolls out COVID-19 mental health initiatives

Posted at 11:14 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 14:54:32-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A new initiative in Chesterfield County hopes to encourage residents to stay connected with each other and care for their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help residents cope with potential stress and anxiety linked to the Virginia COVID-19 outbreaks, Chesterfield County Prevention Services, a division of the Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services, has launched ‘Calm, Connected, Caring Chesterfield.’

Residents can visit Chesterfield County’s Prevention Services Facebook page for daily tips and practical ways to cope and relax while still maintaining social connections.

The page also lists opportunities to help others through virtual online networks, over the phone, or even by donating blood.

The Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services (MHSS) also remains operational for residents seeking help. However, MHSS offices will be inaccessible to the public except by emergency appointment only from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Regular client appointments, including intakes for new clients, are being conducted by telephone or through telehealth options.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling the agency’s main number at 804-748-1227.

Individuals experiencing a psychiatric emergency should call the Crisis Line at 804-748-6356, where all crisis services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.