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In an immediate, life-threatening situation, call 911.

Emergency help is available through Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Prince William County
Community Services Boards.

If you or someone you care about may be at risk of suicide, don't hesitate to reach out for help right away.  
These resources are available 24/7:
Text "CONNECT" to 855-11 to contact PRS CrisisLink.
Call PRS CrisisLink at 703-527-4077
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Veteran's Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

Arlington and Fairfax Announce Applications Available for Youth-Led Suicide Prevention Projects. Click here for more information

SPAN - the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia - is a regional coalition of the Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun, and
Prince William Community Services Boards (CSBs) and other groups in Northern Virginia, all working together to raise awareness and share resources to prevent suicide.

Join the SPAN Listserv to receive periodic announcements about upcoming suicide prevention events and meetings, and information about suicide prevention initiatives in Northern Virginia.

Suicide Prevention Training Offered in the Community

Webinars  offered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs
Click here for training topics, dates and registration information.

In Fairfax County:

September 28, 2019
2019 Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness Walk
SPAN is co-sponsoring this walk to be held in Haymarket, VA.

October 31, 2019
Regional Suicide Prevention Forum
Tools and Techniques for Assisting Youth and Older Adults; Promoting Wellness and Assisting Youth in Northern Virginia
SPAN and Inova are co-sponsoring this event to be held at the Inova Medical Center in Fairfax.

Ongoing, Mental Health First Aid Certification Course – Learn risk factors and warning signs of the most common mental illnesses. Gain skills and knowledge to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis. This two-day, 8-hour class (Adult, Youth and Spanish versions) is offered monthly by the CSB's Wellness and Health Promotion division and is open to the public. Learn more about Mental Health First Aid or register for a class.

In Alexandria City:

Mental Health First Aid Training Continues

City of Alexandria Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training continues for laypersons and paraprofessionals in Alexandria. MHFA is an 8-hour training on skills to help persons who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Registration is open until filled. Limit 20 participants per class. More information about the training is available here, or visit our online registration form for class dates and registration. All classes are held at 4480 King St., fifth floor, unless otherwise indicated. Attendees of the full 8-hour course will receive a three-year certification in MHFA. For more information about MHFA, visit mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

In Loudoun County:

Mental Health First Aid classes available through Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services (MHSADS): For more info contact LCMHFirstAid@loudoun.gov.

Support Activities

Friends of Loudoun County Mental Health: Suicide Loss Support Group
Have you lost a loved one - family member or friend - to suicide? There is now a support group for you in Loudoun County

Location: Leesburg Town Hall, 24 West Market Street
Lower Level Conference Room, Leesburg
Free parking is available in the Parking Garage next to Tally Ho Theater.

Date: Third Wednesday of  every month
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

For more information, contact Katrina Cole, Vice President of Friends at (703) 443-1380 or Katrina@loudounfriends.org

A collaboration of LCPS PEER and Loudoun County Government

Holly Chamberlain, Founder of the aMg Project speaks to youth and parents about the benefits of interpersonal connection, the power of words, and the value of every single life, https://www.facebook.com/events/482046648659950/

Conferences of Interest

Regional Suicide Prevention Forum - Promoting Wellness and Preventing Suicide in Northern Virginia

Thursday, October 31, 2019
8 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Inova Physicians Conference Center
Click here for more information.

Other Events

This Is My Brave is a nonprofit organization taking a bold and brave stand to eradicate stigma through the sharing of personal stories live on stage via creative expression in cities across the US and Australia.

In celebration of Mental Health Month, This is My Brave hosted the online premiere of its mini-documentary: This Is My Brave – shining a light on mental illness to end stigma. 

TWO WAYS TO WATCH:
1. Online at YouTube.com: https://thisismybrave.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=bb0aa518487da22ca1e0ab956&id=ad4ed0ca7e&e=bc13fe7c84

2. This Is My Brave's Facebook page: https://thisismybrave.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=bb0aa518487da22ca1e0ab956&id=5e1443f11d&e=bc13fe7c84.


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