Mental Health Building Artist Rendering

CHKD's Lighting The Way Initiative

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CHKD is Lighting The Way to a brighter future for our children by expanding its mission to encompass mental health. The centerpiece of our mental health initiative will be a new mental health hospital and outpatient treatment center. We want to bring light to children living in darkness, but we need your help to achieve this goal. Together, we can change the trajectory of our children's lives and build a brighter future for Virginia. 

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From Vision to Reality: An Investment in Our Children and Our Region

This initiative can only happen if every sector of our community steps forward to support CHKD in the delivery of mental health services that our children need and deserve.

  • State, local and federal resources
  • Economic development resources
  • Corporate support
  • Individual philanthropists
  • Civic groups
  • Patients and families
  • Community agencies, providers and payers
  • Foundations
  • The entire community
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Our new 14-story building, located where Brambleton Avenue meets Hampton Boulevard, will house 60 inpatient beds with room for partial hospitalization and outpatient services.

We are making an investment in the futures of our children that surpasses $200 million, with expectations of opening the facility in 2022.

The building will also be home to:

  • A partial hospitalization program
  • An intensive outpatient program
  • Expanded outpatient treatments
  • Outdoor recreational areas
  • About 400 employees devoted to mental health

The Changing Needs of Our Children

Regionally, mental health issues are the most common reason patients age 10 through 17 are admitted to a hospital.

Graphic displaying that 1 in 5 children have mental health issues
  • In the past year, 18 percent of high school students considered suicide.
  • Thirty-six percent of visits to a pediatrician are for mental health concerns.
  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in individuals ages 10-24.
  • Fewer than 25 percent of youth in need of mental health services receive treatment.
  • Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment options, there are long delays – sometimes decades – between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.

If you are looking for our Mental Health Program services, click here.

Take a Look Inside the New Facility

A Sad, But Typical, Day at CHKD

15-year-old: Overdosed on Tylenol, break up, no previous mental health history, in liver failure.

10-year-old: Severe aggression toward younger sibling, military family, separated, suicide attempt and admission two years prior.

13-year-old: Suicidal, significant past history of mental health concerns, living with biological relatives, multiple previous psychiatric hospitalizations.

9-year-old: History of bipolar disorder, hearing voices telling him to harm others, witnessed domestic abuse between parents throughout childhood.

11-year-old: Actively suicidal with increasing depressive symptoms, a plan to take own life.

12-year-old: Actively suicidal, victim of bullying, parental discord, daily thoughts of wanting to end life.

16-year-old: Transplant patient, overdosed on medication, says they can no longer live like this. 

Pills and medicines on table with teen facing down

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