First know that you are not alone. 43.8 million people experience living with a mental illness in a given year, with an average onset at age 14. There are resources to go to ask for help. 

If you are in the middle of a crisis, please visit our crisis help page for information.


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Mental Health Programs and Resources

Children and adolescents

If your child or teen is facing difficulties with mental health, Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health may be able to help. Call 757-461-4565 today for a no-cost, confidential assessment. No referral or emergency room visit is needed. More information here.

The Up-Center also offers family and individual counseling. They also offer one-to-one assistance to adolescents age 16 and older, with severe emotional or mental health diagnoses. Our Mental Health Support clinicians function similarly to life coaches, assisting youth in maintaining stability in their homes by providing training in skills such as independent living, anger management, impulse control and social interaction. More information here


Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare is the local provider of mental health, substance abuse and intellectual disability services. Our services include individual and group therapy, anger management classes, and case management. We accept commercial insurance, but individuals without insurance may qualify for reduced rates. Call 757-547-9334 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

NAMI Family to Family Educational Program

The NAMI Online Support Group for Individuals in Recovery is

a peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms

of a mental health condition. NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led

support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of

individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges

and successes of others facing similar circumstances. You will gain insight

from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are

led by trained leaders who’ve been there.


For information on other free classes and support groups,

call 757-499-2041 or check their website

NAMI Newsletter



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Attend an ASIST training:

ASIST is a two- day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

Registration for the September 17th and 18th is here

Attend a suicideTALK

A 90-minute suicide awareness session that helps participants understand the issue of suicide and how they can help to prevent it in their communities 

Attend a Mental Health First Aid Course:

Mental Health First Aid is a public training program that educates participants on the common risk factors and warning signs exhibited by various mental health conditions in adults. Find a course near you:

Visit CIBHPrevention for more information


Helpful Links:

US Department of Health and Human Services: Addressing Mental Health Needs in Your Community

Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs

The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health, American Academy of Pediatrics