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Executive Director, Community Services Board
Debbie Burcham

Community Services Board 

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

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

8 am – 5 pm
8 am – 9 pm
8 am – 5 pm

Mailing Address
PO Box 92
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0092

Street Address
6801 Lucy Corr Boulevard
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Suicide Awareness Campaign

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ACT to Prevent Suicide

Did you know that one person dies by suicide every 12 minutes in America?

In Virginia, suicide is the

  • 11th leading cause of death
  • second leading cause of death for young people ages 15-34
  • the third leading cause of death for ages 10-14

Chesterfield County and the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition are working to raise awareness about the risk of suicide, focusing on adolescents and young adults.


  • People (particularly young people) are uncomfortable reaching out for help
  • People concerned about friends and family don’t know what to do

Get Help Now

  • Chesterfield Crisis Intervention – 804-748-6356
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Campaign Goals

  • Reduce the mental health stigma
  • Encourage people to reach out for help for themselves and others

The coalition hopes that through educational efforts they can help those who are struggling, or even contemplating suicide, to connect with people who can recognize warning signs and get them help.

If someone says:

  • “The world would be better off without me.”
  • “Nobody cares if I live or die.”

If they:

  • give away special possessions
  • become isolated from friends

Ask the question:

  • “Are you thinking about suicide?”

Suicide is preventable, but you need to ACT.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition by calling 804-378-0035.

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


  • 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.


  • 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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