May 4, 2020
By Janet Roach
13 News Now
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — May is mental health awareness month and this year it comes amidst additional challenges.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Coastal Virginia (NAMI) wants people to know they are not alone if they are feeling overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Free support group sessions have moved online and participation is growing. The groups are led by two NAMI-trained facilitators who are either family members or individuals in recovery.more » Read More
Virginia school administrators say they are struggling to provide mental health services during the coronavirus pandemic
RICHMOND – Virginia school administrators say they are struggling to provide mental health services during the coronavirus pandemic, even as vulnerable students continue with online studies away from regular counseling and support.
As school systems move to virtual learning, school counseling resources, deemed critical to student wellness by the U.S. Department of Education, are unable to provide in-person therapy for high-risk students. The alternative treatments — online sessions or new therapists from community services boards —more » Read More
April 30, 2020
By Brad Bowins, M.D.
Mental illness exerts a heavy toll on society, but only receives a fraction of the funding that physical illness does. There is a universal need for beneficial and cost-effective interventions for mental illness. But what might qualify as an option?
One possible answer is activity! As a psychiatrist treating a wide range of conditions, I have seen first-hand the benefit of activity and routinely apply it to clients,more » Read More
Arlington, VA — This May for Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is raising awareness and highlighting that no one experiencing a mental health condition should feel alone. More than 40 million people in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental health condition. And now more than ever, in these uncertain times, it is important for the mental health movement to come together.more » Read More
April 6, 2020
By Mason Adams
HARRISONBURG — Meagan Thurston wasn’t sure what to expect when she walked into Strength in Peers in December of 2019 for her first tele-psychiatry session, but she was willing to do whatever it took to get her children back.
The previous summer, Virginia’s Child Protective Services had taken her five children, between the ages of 4 and 11, because she was struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine.more » Read More
March 16, 2020
By Jane Kelly
University of Virginia
As the number of coronavirus infections continues to rise, the likelihood more people will need to self-quarantine or self-isolate is becoming evident.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people self-quarantine if they are concerned they may become ill following possible exposure. Those who are actually sick with COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus, should self-isolate, so as not to spread the disease to cohabitators.more » Read More