The CHAS Foundation is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health.
The health and safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers is imperative. Our ability to continue supporting and connecting individuals and families to mental health services is also of utmost importance. CHAS is in the process of updating our program models to ensure critical services continue to be offered to our clients during these challenging times. It has become necessary for some programs to modify their service offerings.
Mental Illness Navigator & Support Program
The Mental Illness Navigator & Support (MINS) program is still providing essential services that include supporting and connecting clients to effective mental health resources in the Hampton Roads region. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the size of our office space, MINS staff are not seeing clients in the CHAS office building located in Norfolk, VA. Instead, clients will consult with a MINS program coordinator via telephone or through a virtual telehealth meeting. Your mental health is a priority to The Chas Foundation, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
As a result of the CDC’s recommendation to keep six feet apart and because of the size of our Mindfulness/Wellness room, the CHAS group Mindfulness Classes have been suspended until further notice. We will be working with individuals and caretakers one-on-one to create a mindfulness plan-of-action during these stressful times. Small group mindfulness classes will resume once our staff can ensure full safety measures are in place. The Mindfulness/Wellness room is a space open to available to anyone and everyone, so please contact us if you are interested in utilizing the space.
This continues to be a fluid situation that CHAS plans to monitor closely. The outbreak of COVID-19 impacts each person’s mental wellbeing in different ways. Some may feel anxious or down, while others may be ambivalent or frustrated. Some will experience compounding effects based on their preexisting mental illness. For everyone in and around Hampton Roads, we want to be a resource for you and your mental health.
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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, The CHAS Foundation is starting a new initiative to help provide local In-Patient Psychiatric Treatment facilities with safe recreational items for the patients.
Mental Illness is already a difficult condition to overcome, and nothing can stifle the spirit as much as idle minds and idle hands. Certainly, having a safe refuge for people too ill to care for themselves is paramount, but there is a basic dignity in humanity with having an industry or an outlet, especially at a time when patients are separated from loved ones and lonely. In fact, having calming activities at their disposal will most certainly help relieve anxieties, reduce depression and improve morale. This may seem like a small thing to some, but for patients in psychiatric facilities, it can tremendously improve quality of life and self-esteem, which is crucial for recovery.
“Boredom has been reported as a common experience for service users of acute psychiatric wards. It has been associated with negative mental and physical health.”
– Boredom proneness in a psychiatric inpatient population.
In our institutions of care for the mentally suffering, there is a striking need for mental and physical occupation. Boredom only breeds malcontents. Therefore, the CHAS Foundation seeks your help in providing these patients with the activities, distractions, and occupations that we all need, but in a way that best facilitates their recovery.
To set the foundation for this effort, we are working to provide Sentara Norfolk General’s In-Patient Psychiatric facility with items that can really improve the quality of their patients’ lives. Hopefully we can expand this program to other local facilities in the future. And we need the help of the community to get this going!
**All items must be soft covers and without staples or spiral bindings for patient and staff safety. Please also consider content of material as well, so the patients can have uplifting, inspiring and motivational material at their disposal. All below items are approved by Sentara Medical staff.
For now, we have one drop off location for this project, but would love to have another business community partner willing to accept donations for this cause. If you are a business interesting in helping with this project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will contact you with details.
For those of you donating items, please include your name and contact information, so we can thank you for your generosity and support of this initiative. Our current drop off location is:
The White Rabbit
334 W. 21st Street
Norfolk, VA 23517