ChildSavers offers 24-hour Immediate Response Hotline
4/2/2020, 6 p.m.
As the COVID-19 shutdown continues, there may be unintended consequences of domestic violence.
Richmond area mental health counselors are prepared for a possible uptick in cases. ChildSavers, a trauma-informed mental health and child development services nonprofit, reminds Richmond residents that its “24/7 Immediate Response Hotline” is available for mental health and trauma crises involving children.
Anyone experiencing or witnessing abuse, trauma or a mental health crisis can call and talk with a clinician for free and immediate over-the-phone support at (804) 305-2420.
“We know there is increased anxiety and stress among families now that schools are closed for the academic year,” said Kristin Lennox, supervisor of ChildSavers’ Immediate Response Team.
“We want everyone to know our 24/7 hotline is available to anyone in the community and hope families will take advantage of this free resource.” Clinicians also can refer a child to ongoing mental health services through ChildSavers or community partners, if needed.
The Church Hill-based organization has added telephone-based therapy sessions to its in-person mental health therapy services for children to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Next week, it will begin offering video conferencing via Zoom.
Details: ChildSavers.org or (804) 644-9590.