The CHAS Foundation is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and 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 of utmost importance. CHAS programs are in the process of updating our Business Interruption Plan to ensure critical services continue to be offered to our clients as resources allow. It has become necessary for some programs to modify their service offerings.
The Mental Illness Navigator & Support (MINS) program will be still providing essential services. However, due the majority of mental health providers postponing and rescheduling all non-urgent medical visits, our resources may be limited at this time. Currently, our outreach will be limited to telecommunications which may include video conferencing. 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, we are suspending all Mindfulness Classes including work with individuals until further notice. We will be sending out tips and tools to use during this time of heightened stress and uncertainty.
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. There are others that will experience compounding effects based on their preexisting mental illness they are already navigating in their everyday lives. 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