Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare wants your help spreading kindness to local elders


Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — Over the summer Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare was able to collect around 3,500 cards from the community to give to the kiddos for their spreading kindness card campaign.

Now, they are doing a second installment for the month of September and gearing that same positive energy and support to our elderly population.

Prevention and Wellness Specialist, Sheila Lythgoe says our elders have been on the Blue Ridge Behavioral health’s team’s mind.

“They are the most high risk during the pandemic because of their health and their age and what can happen if they do catch the virus, so being isolated and not being connected to people really can impact our mental health.”

Sheila Lythgoe, MS, CSAC, Prevention and Wellness Specialist

Knowing that the elderly population has been one of the most affected during the Coronavirus pandemic, Blue Ridge Behavioral health’s team quickly realized they wanted to find a way to provide mental health support by enlisting the community’s help. The goal is to collect three-thousand cards to show our elders they’re not alone… a sentiment that’s appreciated say’s Friendship resident, Barbara Fuller.

“Well it would make me feel good, you know, that there’s somebody out there that even though I don’t know them and they don’t know me, they’re thinking about all of us people that are in places like this that can’t get out and do the things that they used to do and we really appreciate it.”

Barbara Fuller, Friendship Resident

Lythgoe says the pandemic has helped many realize what’s important in life.

“There’s so much going on in the world right now. Ee hear a lot of negative, we see a lot of turmoil, and people in pain. I just feel like we need to spread some more kindness and this is a really simple way that people can get involved to do that… and just give back to other people ourselves and that’s a form of self-care is giving back to other people and helping them. “

Sheila Lythgoe, MS, CSAC, Prevention and Wellness Specialist

All notes are due September 30th. The Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare team asks that all notecards are no bigger than 4 x 6 in size and are delivered without envelopes. The team encourages the use of color, stickers, and positive messages of support! Contact Sheila Lythgoe to arrange for drop off: or 540-982-1427.

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