Alexandria Residents Encouraged to Access and Share Resources and Activities During Mental Health Awareness Month

In conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is highlighting mental health activities and resources for individuals of all ages, ranging from awareness events like Resilience Week Virginia 2021 to resources for confronting and dealing with racial trauma.

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Alexandria Residents Encouraged to Access and Share Resources and Activities During Mental Health Awareness Month

For immediate Release: April 28, 2021

In conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is highlighting mental health activities and resources for individuals of all ages, ranging from awareness events like Resilience Week Virginia 2021 to resources for confronting and dealing with racial trauma.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report indicating that feelings of fear, grief and isolation during the pandemic are increasing the risk for mental health problems like anxiety and depression. In addition, repeated and pervasive exposure to racism, discrimination and high-profile racially motivated violence adds to daily stress and trauma, particularly for Blacks and other people of color. 

DCHS encourages residents to participate in mental health activities and awareness-raising opportunities throughout the month, including:

Residents are also encouraged to access and share mental health resources with their networks and neighbors:

In addition, residents can access the Virginia COPES non-crisis support line by phone or text at 877.349.6428, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Support services are provided for anyone struggling with trauma, grief or distress and community resources referral is available. The City also has several 24-hour crisis hotlines. If you or a loved one are in danger of self-harm, please dial 911 or go immediately to your nearest emergency room. 

For the latest information on resources for those affected by the pandemic or in need, follow DCHS on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to the Spanish Text Line by texting ALEXINFOESP to 88877.

For more information and media inquiries, contact Carmen Andres at carmen.andres@alexandriava.gov.

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