Recovery Statement

“Recovery is a personal and life-altering journey that provides hope for a better future by overcoming the barriers and obstacles that you may encounter.”

Recovery Calendar

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Mental Health America Prepares “Back to School” Mental Health Information

MHA has developed several Back to School fact sheets that parents and others can download, print, and share in order to be prepared throughout the year to address the various challenges and issues that students confront in schools and their communities.

Response to Customer Service Suggestion:

It was suggested that we offer coffee in the lobby area.

We don’t offer hot beverages in the lobby because there are often young children, sometimes momentarily unattended and we would not want a child to hurt themselves around the coffee maker or hot water.

Are You Pregnant or May Become Pregnant?

Drug and Alcohol Use While Pregnant Will Harm Your Unborn Baby

Getting HELP is easy- Virginia’s CSBs give priority to pregnant women who are using drugs and/or alcohol. You will get help within 48 hours of requesting assistance from the CSB.

For help, contact:

Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services

6801 Lucy Corr  Blvd

Chesterfield, VA 223238


Healthy Bites from Chester House

Some of the things we’re doing at the clubhouse to promote health and wellness at the clubhouse include:

 From garden to table…

Chester House recently enjoyed the fruits (or in this case the veggies) of our labor by harvesting our summer veggies from our very own garden for a tasty and healthy minestrone soup.  The garden has been a partnership between our Supported Living Program and Chester House members.  Larry Wiles, SL counselor, has hosted a gardening group at Chester House where squash, zucchini, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, peppers, lettuce, onions and garlic are currently in our garden.  We have plans to try out spinach, greens and winter squash as well as establish an herb garden this fall.  We’re also in the process of creating our own compost heap so that in the fall we’ll be able to use our own compost in the garden.  Larry is also thinking of starting a worm farm!

From classroom to dining room….

Chester House members and staff have been exploring ways that all of us can be healthier which has culminated in numerous educational/support groups for learning about various health concerns (diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol), smoking cessation support sessions, walking groups, and chair exercise group.

Chester House members along with Cindy Gerry and Wanda Reid (case manager) have gone through several series of the Healthy Lifestyle Groups and electives which include moving away from the old food pyramid to education on the “portion plate” and taking well loved recipes and doing a complete healthy makeover.  One of the electives offered includes going to a grocery store and demonstrating how to purchase a week’s worth of healthy groceries for 2 for $40.

In our most recent Recovery Conference, Cindy Gerry, Amy Prewitt, Wanda Reid  and 2 consumers hosted a wellness seminar that included a small grocery store setup with suggestions for shopping healthy. 

From theory to practice…..

A former Chester House member, who is an RN, comes monthly to provide free Blood Pressure checks and brings small incentives for members who participate.  Information from these checks are passed on to the case manager and the member is encouraged to follow through with their primary care provider, if the reading is elevated.

Chester House staff have assisted several members with tracking and weight change and offering suggestions and positive feedback for their progress. 

And this is just the beginning…

With all the above, our members are showing increased interest and energy in incorporating health and wellness into their recovery goals and their daily routines.

Psychiatric Advanced Directives (PAD’s)

What is a PAD?

A Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) is a legal document written by a currently competent person who lives with a mental illness. It describes the person’s mental health treatment preferences, or names an agent to make treatment decisions for the individual, should he or she become unable to make such decisions due to psychiatric illness.

What are the benefits of a PAD?

Creating a PAD allows an individual living with mental illness plan for a future mental health crisis. In this document you can state your treatment choices in advance, before a time when you might be incapable of making decisions or communicating effectively. A PAD permits you to plan for, consent to, or refuse treatment, such as: 

  • psychiatric medications
  • hospitalization
  • alternatives to hospitalization
  • seclusion and restraint
  • electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Where can I get help preparing a Psychiatric Advanced Directive?

Our Peer Specialists have been trained to help people prepare Psychiatric Advanced Directives.

Call Amy at 804-751-2297

Information provided by NAMI at

Chester House

Chester House is one of the many Mental Health resources available in Chesterfield County.  This is a place that offers its members everything from a safe place to go to helping promote a return to the work force if so desired. When I started attending Chester House my mental Illness had control of me, my thoughts were not too clear. It wasn’t until I started helping in the different units and receiving encouragement from staff that I could feel my life moving forward again. I’ve been attending Chester House for four years and I’m glad I was given this opportunity.  I just want to say, do not give up on yourself, take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, and remember you are not alone. We are right here with you.
Cindy Fowler

Coming together in our recovery

Mental Health Recovery works. But it only works if those of us who are further along in our recovery show up to help those who are just starting theirs. When I first began my journey, the last thing on my mind was recovery, I thought my illness was just going to be a new way of life for me. It wasn’t until I meet providers, who cared and believed in recovery and peers, who showed me that recovery was possible, that I began to see a ray of hope. These were the people that I looked up to. I now feel that it’s my responsibility to give back this gift. This is a call to action and a reminder that we are now becoming the role models to those who are just starting out. So come help us bring up the next generation by attending Recovery meetings. Another good thing about helping others is that we strengthen our own recovery in the process.