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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Chesterfield County Prevention Services Launches ‘Calm, Connected, Caring Chesterfield’

Mental Health Support Services 

March 26, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Social distancing during the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic has the potential to wedge family and friends a part during a time they are needed the most.

With continued uncertainty about the spread of COVID-19’s impact on our community, Chesterfield County is aware of the toll such separation from work, school, church and other social functions may be taking on our residents.  

To help residents cope, 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 on topics related to practical ways to cope and relax – all while maintaining important social connections and doing things to positively impact others such as checking in on your neighbors and friends through virtual online networks or over the phone, and giving blood.

Aside from activities and advice, ‘Calm, Connected, Caring Chesterfield’ also aims to provide positive and encouraging messages to its residents as they navigate the financial and social uncertainties of COVID-19’s impact on their families.

“We realize the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has impacted Chesterfield residents’ work, home, educational, recreational and social lives,” said Melissa Ackley, prevention services manager for Chesterfield’s Mental Health Support Services. “Utilizing practical ways to cope and relax, maintaining social connections and doing things to positively impact others are all ways to promote positive mental health through this time of stress, change and loss. ‘Calm, Connected, Caring Chesterfield’ aims to help residents find some balance in their daily routines through encouraging words and a variety of suggested activities.”

Meanwhile, the Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services (MHSS) remains operational for residents seeking its assistance.

Out of an abundance of caution, 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.

The division has several staff members working in the office and remotely to assist county residents. 

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.

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