World Aids Day symposium raises awareness for how COVID-19 affects those with HIV
On this World Aids Day, a virtual event raised awareness for those who are diagnosed and the importance of being tested. The symposium -- held via Zoom -- was sponsored by Horizon Behavioral Health and the Coalition for HIV Awareness and Prevention (CHAP). It brought together experts to discuss how COVID-19 affects those with HIV. “They don’t have any increased risk [of being infected with COVID-19] compared to somebody who doesn’t have HIV. VDH has seen a decrease in HIV testing during COVID, so they’re making home-testing kits available.
Horizon Behavioral Health gives free resources, yard signs during Mental Health Matters week
CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. Horizon Behavioral Health is giving out free pick-me-ups, simple reminders and resources to support your mental health and wellness. She told 10 New the impact of the pandemic, racial injustice movement or the upcoming election are all risks to someones mental health. September is both National Recovery Month and National Suicide Prevention Month, so it made sense to Horizon to do Mental Health Matters Week in the first week of September. Aside from mental wellness tools and resources, Horizon will also be giving out yard signs and masks to spread encouragement and positivity. You can pick up a mask and sign at any of the Mental Health Matters events at Horizon locations.
You can now safely dispose of prescription drugs at the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office
APPOMATTOX, Va. – Anyone looking to drop off old prescription drugs can now do so at the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office. Horizon Behavioral Health and the Sheriff’s Office installed the $2,000 drug box. Horizon’s Behavioral Health and the Appomattox Sheriff’s Office installed a $2,000 drug box in the office. Sheriff Donald Simpson said taking prescription drugs, twice a year, on National Take Drugs Back Day was not enough as there have been plenty of people wanting to drop off expired pills at other times. So, there is a need for safe disposal for these types of drugs,” Simpson said.
Bedford police take training to better handle mental health calls
BEDFORD, Va. - Police in Bedford are taking steps to be proactive when dealing with people who have mental health issues.Police Chief Todd Foreman said officers have completed a One Mind Campaign pledge. It's a commitment to improve the way they respond to calls regarding mental health issues. They're in crisis with mental health issues. We want to keep them safe, the citizens of the town safe and have our officers safe and have us all have a successful outcome," Foreman said. Foreman said that, in 2018, Bedford police received 375 calls related to mental health.
Central Virginia Training Center patients move into Horizon Behavioral Health's new home
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Central Virginia Training Center patients are moving into their new homes this week. Horizon Behavioral Health cut a ribbon to its ninth intermediate care facility in Lynchburg on Tuesday. This comes after the state announced it'll be closing the Madison Heights location, which houses people with disabilities. "We've also implemented some home technology for the electrical system, the heating system, air conditioning, which has been shown to help those with intellectual disabilities. So lessons learned along the way have all been put into practice here into this ninth home," said Damien Cabezas, the CEO.
What's News Today: June 27, 2019
Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia. Horizon Behavioral Health and CHAP will be at the Walgreens on Wards Road in Lynchburg today, providing free tests. Fifth Street in Lynchburg will be down to one lane today near Main Street. Connecting moms with local resources is the goal of the Southwest Virginia Mom Expo. We will learn more today about the 2019 State Games of America.