Children’s Mental Health and COVID-19 – May 11, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Register now for Spring into Action 2021

This year’s Spring into Action will be held as a live lunchtime virtual event and will feature a panel discussion on COVID-19 ‘s impacts on children’s mental health. Visit our event webpage now to learn more and register for this exciting afternoon.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented particular challenges for the patients we serve, particularly those already experiencing food or housing insecurity, front-line workers, and those with chronic health conditions.

Still, there is another group, less often named, that has been particularly vulnerable over the last year: children. While the vast majority of children have not been at risk of severe illness due to COVID-19, virtually all children have had to weather a year of enormous change. With families stressed, loved ones ill or at risk, and many schools closed or online, many children have struggled.

This year’s Spring into Action event will consider the mental health needs of children over the past year and looking ahead as the pandemic recedes. Meet our panelists below, and be sure to join us on May 11!

Your impact

While this event is free of charge, we hope attendees will consider making a gift in support of CrossOver. The funds raised by this year’s Spring into Action will support renovations at our Richmond Clinic. Offering compassionate, comprehensive care for our patients means treating them with dignity, not only in the care we provide, but also in the physical space around them. Thanks to your generosity, our Richmond Clinic space can convey the respect and care our patients deserve.

We also work hard to incorporate trauma-informed practices in our clinics, which includes providing spaces that feel safe, supportive, calming, and empowering. Your support will help us make sure everyone feels welcome.

Ready and eager to “spring into action?” You can donate now to help us get off to a strong start.

Get involved

Would you like to volunteer to be a virtual table captain? Virtual table captains invite nine or more friends to join the live event on Tuesday, May 11, from noon to 1 p.m. We rely on our table captains to help us widen our net—introducing new people to CrossOver’s work and providing our guests with a meaningful opportunity to make a difference in their local community by engaging with CrossOver. If you would like to get involved in this way, please reach out to Misti Procious, development associate, at

Are you or your organization interested in becoming an event sponsor? For information on sponsorship opportunities and benefits, download this form or email Misti Procious, development associate, at

Meet our Spring into Action panelists

Schliqua Thompson (left) is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor, and a board certified telemental health provider who has provided mental and behavioral healthcare at CrossOver for over eight-and-a-half years. Ms. Thompson specializes in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders in adolescents and adults. She recently became certified in clinical trauma treatment by the Trauma Institute International. Ms. Thompson also serves as the behavioral health program coordinator at CrossOver. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and close friends.

Carla M. Shaffer, Ph.D., (right) is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and specializes in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders in children, teens, and young adults. Dr. Shaffer also serves as clinical supervisor of graduate student clinicians in integrated primary care. In her free time, Dr. Shaffer enjoys being with her family and being out on the tennis courts.

Shenee McCray, LCSW, is the chief operating officer for mental health services at the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA), where she has worked for more than 18 years and served in her current role for over six years. Prior to her role as chief operating officer, Ms. McCray held various leadership positions within the agency since 2005. Ms. McCray has been instrumental in implementing same day access and permanent supportive housing among other mental health programs and looks forward to expanding access to school-based mental health services.