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Executive Director, Community Services Board
Debbie Burcham

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Phone Numbers
(804) 748-1227
TDD (804) 768-7200
FAX (804) 768-9283

Crisis Intervention
24 Hours/Day
(804) 748-6356
 


Hours
8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday

Mailing Address
PO Box 92
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0092

Street Address
6801 Lucy Corr Boulevard
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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The Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition

In 2014, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia reported that Chesterfield County’s suicide rate was higher than the state average (14.7 per 100,000 versus 13 per 100,000).

In 2015, the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition was founded with a goal to educate the public through

  • educational programs
  • community outreach
  • media efforts

The coalition is primarily funded through regional suicide prevention funds from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

This regional initiative also includes

  • annual regional summits
  • regional public awareness
  • education initiatives.

The coalition brings together many organizations in the county who are working to educate residents about

  • mental health concerns
  • the risk and protective factors for suicide
  • the support resources within our community

The coalition is co-chaired by

  • Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services
  • Family Advocacy Creating Education and Services (FACES) - a local non-profit that serves loved ones of people with mental illness.

Other members include:

  • Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Chesterfield Health District
  • Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Social Services
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Virginia Chapter
  • Beacon Tree Foundation
  • Full Circle Grief Counseling
  • HCA
  • McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Morrissett Community Care
  • National Alliance On Mental Illness Central Virginia
  • Recovery Ministries
  • Virginia Department of Veterans Services/Virginia Veteran and Family Support

Chesterfield County Public Schools

This fall, Chesterfield County Schools will be teaching a national suicide-prevention curriculum to students in grades 7 and 10 called "SOS – Signs of Suicide Prevention Program".

This program

  • provides students the tools to identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide and self-injury in themselves and their peers.
  • teaches students action steps to take
  • uses a simple and easy-to-remember acronym, ACT® (Acknowledge, Care and Tell)

ACKNOWLEDGE - Listen to a friend, don't ignore threats.
CARE - Let the friend know you care.
TELL - Tell a trusted adult so they can help.

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