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Mental Health Community Expands Resources Over August 12th Weekend

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Region Ten is working with other support services to prepare for the upcoming anniversary weekend Region Ten is working with other support services to prepare for the upcoming anniversary weekend

Therapists with a community services board are ready to deploy over the weekend of August 11 and 12 if any situation grows violent or intimidating to people in and around Charlottesville.

Region Ten offers mental health services to individuals and families on a regular basis.

Right now, the board is working with other support services to prepare for this upcoming anniversary weekend.

Workers are well aware of the trauma people dealt with last year, and spent time building on ways to improve its outreach and make services more accessible.

This year, in addition to having people available on the phone, volunteers and therapists will physically go out into the community if needed.

In the event anything traumatic happens over the weekend, they will be on site to support people on an emotional level.

Lori Wood will be taking the lead as the director of emergency services.

“Availability, connectedness, working with the resources that we have, and making sure that folks know they’re available,” says Wood. “That they’re easily accessible and that the care and response is coordinated, so if there’s a need in one area of town other folks can be deployed to that area by having a coordinated system of response.”

Region Ten therapists are all ready to help if you or anyone you know needs it.

The website currently features a guide from the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition that encourages personal and community resilience.

Workers are also looking ahead, and have set up resources that will be available after the anniversary weekend as well. More information can be found on Region Ten’s website.


08/07/2018 Release from Region Ten:

(Charlottesville, Va.) – The mental health community is expanding the number and types of resources available to the community over the weekend of August 10th – 12th to support the community during the anniversary of traumatic events of 2017. Emotional support resources include free drop-in counseling at various locations throughout the weekend and wellness offerings.

In addition to these focused weekend services, groups and organizations will be offering on-going supports related to coping with the stress and trauma related to the August 12th anniversary.

The anniversary of a traumatic community event can be difficult, and for many residents, August 11th and 12th has been part of a long history of community trauma. Stress reactions of confusion, fear, hopelessness, sleeplessness, anxiety, and anger can be common reactions during anniversaries of traumatic community events. As we approach this year's marking of this community violence, it is an important time to practice good emotional care.

“We have seen a profound increase in the need for mental health support after the white supremacist violence of last summer,” said Elizabeth Irvin, LCSW, Executive Director of the Women’s Initiative and co-chair of the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition. “These traumas and the on-going developments that continue to fill the news reopen or worsen historical traumas and emotional wounds for many people. We encourage anyone who is in need of extra help to continue to reach out.”

The Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition encourages community members to develop a plan for staying connected with friends and family and seeking emotional support if they are feeling vulnerable. For more information about emotional support resources, please see www.helphappenshere.org/resilience, and the attached document: