Inspired by the story of a mother who lost her son to mental illness. She recognized her son’s spirit in the form of a dragonfly at their family lake house and has since seen the dragonfly as a personal symbol of courage and remembrance. In honor of her son and so many others who have lost loved ones to mental illness, K. Courage Designs has created the Dragonfly Collection in collaboration with The CHAS Foundation. A portion of the proceeds will go to The CHAS Foundation, working throughout the Hampton Roads area to promote mental wellness and to advocate for those effected by mental illness & their families.
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
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Currently, we are in the process of transitioning to a new website and gathering resources in order to connect those in need to effective treatment. The Chas Foundation would like to keep you up to date on our ongoing projects:
- Development of New Online Resource Website
- Funding Clothing & Toiletries for The Crisis Stabilization Center
- Furnishing waiting room for CIT Assessment Center in Norfolk
- Director, Beau Kirkwood, is an Instructor for the CIT Police Training Representing the Family and Community perspective.
- Educate Politicians Using a Consulting Expert and Partnering with The Treatment Advocacy Center for Better Implementation of the MOT Law.
- Awareness Campaign to Erase The Stigma Throughout All of Hampton Roads
The “2nd Annual Chas Foundation Celebration” held this fall was a huge success thanks to all of our sponsors, supporters, and volunteers. The weather was fabulous with a turnout of nearly 350 people coming to draw awareness to mental illness in our community. The first step in raising awareness is being able to talk about these diseases while erasing the stigma that accompanies them. The Chas Foundation received a large amount of positive feedback about the event because it allowed an open forum for folks to comfortably discuss matters in our society that are normally taboo. Pictures of the event have been posted to Facebook so please have a look. We again want to thank everyone involved in making this a truly special event.