Norfolk mum promotes mental health resources through nonprofit after son’s suicide

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk mother wants to help other families struggling with mental illness after her son died by suicide.

Tucker Corprew started the Chas Foundation after his second son, Chas, committed suicide at the age of 34. Corprew said Chas had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and psychosis.

“He would ski; he was really good at sports. He was very sociable and had friends from all over. He loved music and he was a very good golfer,” Corprew said.

The Chas Foundation connects residents of Hampton Roads with mental health resources, including finding providers, support groups and other crisis intervention programs.

“Families don’t know how to navigate the maze of mental health and services,” Corprew said, “so they need someone who’s been through it, who’s overcome the odds to support them and to help.”

The nonprofit also has its own mental health help, through its Navigator program.

“The browser will take a brief history and then it’ll get an individualized course of action, where we know all the resources, so we connect you to the one we think is the best fit,” Corprew said.

More information about the Chas Foundation and mental health resources in Hampton Roads can be found here.

If you or someone you know has mental health issues and needs help, here are some resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • Crisis text: Text ASKUS to 741741

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