How Central Virginia children can get mental health help during COVID-19

Posted at 7:18 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 14:56:40-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond nonprofit is working to provide mental health services to children in need despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Childsavers is the oldest provider in mental health services for children in Richmond and isn't letting the coronavirus stop them from helping

"We felt it was really important we remain open and available to families, many of them who would not have access to many who not have access to mental health services, or child care, because it's a part of our history and it's purely related to our mission," Childsavers CEO Robert Bolling said.

Established nearly 100 years ago following the Spanish Flu pandemic, part of Childsavers mission is to guide the community's children through life's critical moments.

In the wake of COVID-19, the organization is offering a telehealth services to assist children with mental health needs.

"Many of the families have opted to be safe and stay in place and so the virtual tool is the one tool that keeps us connected to those families," Bolling said.

The telehealth services include phone or video conference calls as well as a 24/7 immediate response hotline.

"You can call our number and we will respond to you by helping you over the phone today virtually. Or if the need be, we will come out and help support the family and find long term mental health care for that family," Bolling said.

Located in the Church Hill neighborhood inside the WRVA building, the organization is still scheduling in-person visits with clinicians. On average Bolling said his staff holds about 200 session per week, which take place in rooms where children can express themselves with toys, or costumes, and art.

Childsavers works with youth from the ages of 2-17.

If you or someone you know needs help, call their Immediate Response Team at 804-305-2420. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.