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Mental Health One on One

Mental Health Program

(757) 668-4673 (HOPE)

Telehealth Appointments Now Available

CHKD specialists are now offering secure and convenient appointments via telehealth. This means that your child can get the care they need from the CHKD physician you trust … all from the safety and comfort of your home. Read more about how the process works here. To schedule a telehealth appointment, call your provider.

COVID-19 Information 

Our mental health team is here to support you during this national health crisis. Please click below for an important message from our mental health team.

COVID 19 - Mental Health Letter to Families

About Us

CHKD's growing Mental Health Program was established to bring excellence, innovation, accessibility and hope to mental health care and to empower every member of our community to assist our children with overcoming today's unprecedented mental health crisis.

Learn About CHKD's Comprehensive Pediatric Mental Health Initiative and How You Can Help

A Team Approach to Care

CHKD's Mental Health Program includes experts in the fields of child psychiatry, psychology, licensed clinical social work and licensed professional counseling. We strive to collaborate closely with primary care pediatricians, pediatric specialists and caregivers on early identification of mental health vulnerabilities.

Removing the Stigma

Mental health diagnoses warrant the same care and respect that any other form of illness receives. Mental illness is not caused by character flaws or personal weakness. Most mental health diagnoses arise from a combination of factors such as brain chemistry, family history, and life experiences. People with mental illness cannot simply "snap out of it" if they try hard enough. Most people with mental health diagnoses need a team of supporters and trained professionals to maintain wellness.


It is important to recognize behaviors in children that can be symptoms of mental health diagnoses. Symptoms may include any of the following and may occur in a variety of settings (home, school, with peers or family members):

  • Significant changes in sleep or appetite
  • Social isolation (withdrawing from friends/activities they once enjoyed)
  • Self-injurious behavior such as head banging or cutting
  • Significant changes in mood when compared with previous mood levels
  • Talk about death/dying, for example: “It would be easier if I wasn’t here.”

If You Need Help

If you are concerned about your child's mental health, the best place to start is with your child's primary care pediatrician. Many of CHKD's pediatricians have completed advanced training in the management of disorders such as ADHD, depression and anxiety. If needed, they can also refer patients to CHKD's outpatient mental health providers and/or the CHKD emergency room for urgent needs. As always, call 911 if anyone's life is in danger.

Why Join CHKD's Mental Health Program?

Practice Locations
(757) 668-4673 (HOPE)

Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Every Day

One of the many lessons we have learned through the challenges of the past year is the importance of taking care of our mental health.


Although we officially recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month, promoting positive mental health – especially for children – is something we should practice daily.


A child’s mental health is shaped by many factors, including genetics, physical and emotional safety, healthy family and peer relationships, access to quality education, physical and mental health care, and basic needs like food, housing, and equity. For a lot of kids, the past year has taken its toll on the protective factors that they rely on. Many parents are also suffering. This is a critical time to recognize that mental health is a vital part of our overall health.

Lighting the Way

Please join CHKD to promote positive mental health for children in Hampton Roads, to reduce the suffering of children with mental health conditions, and to eliminate the stigma they and their families may face.


CHKD is lighting the way to better mental health in our community through the ongoing expansion of our mental health services and the construction of a new 60-bed mental health hospital and outpatient center, designed to meet the needs of children in our region and beyond.