- The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is once again offering mini-grants for youth-led projects to reduce stigma among their peers, using funds from a suicide prevention grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Click here to learn more.
- Fredericksburg area town hall aims to raise suicide awareness, offer possible solution. Click here to read more.
Teen Suicide: Who to Call for Help in Fairfax County
Commentary By John C. Cook, Braddock District Supervisor
Loudoun County Mental health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services (MHSADS) sponsors Youth Suicide Prevention PSA Contest
Mental Health Leaders Pitch Countywide Teen Suicide Prevention Programs
Loudoun Schools Roll Out New Suicide Prevention Tactics
Suicide Prevention Text Line Posters now available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese; may be used across entire region-not solely Fairfax:
Fairfax-Falls Church CSB Reminder: Talk with Children about Social Media Dangers
Loudoun County Public Schools cautions parents about Netflix 13 Reasons Why show.
Loudoun County Public Schools provide suicide prevention information for parents. Over 300 attend.
School Leaders Highlight Teen Suicide Prevention Efforts
Join Loudoun County Public Schools Department of Pupil Services for the upcoming Mental Health and Wellness Parent Seminar Series. January through May, experts from the region, community, and school system, will share their knowledge on relationships, Restorative Practices, bullying, anxiety and school refusal, resilience, suicide prevention and mindfulness. A description of each event is on the Parent Resource Services webpage at: http://www.lcps.org/Page/185265.
We need to talk to kids about suicide without glamorizing it. Here’s how. Read the Washington Post article here: Talk to your kids about suicide.
After a wave of teen suicides around the county over the last year, Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) brought Loudoun County together Nov. 7 to figure out how the community can do a better job at suicide prevention.
After numerous teen suicides, Loudoun comes together to talk “hope” – Loudoun Times-Mirror
Keeping Older Adults Connected to Prevent Suicide - Suicide prevention is “everyone’s business, every day,” according to Jane Woods, chairman of the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN). In this Q&A, Woods, a former state Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, talks about suicide prevention among older adults and the efforts of a SPAN work group to address this issue.
The Virginia Department of Health’s Suicide Prevention Program and the Virginia Suicide Prevention Coalition are pleased to present the 4th edition, Virginia Suicide Prevention Resource Directory, updated for 2016. This directory is designed to provide an easy to use reference of programs available in Virginia to assist individuals who may need suicide prevention resources.
Loudoun County’s CIT program training for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies shows positive outcomes: Deputies Train to Spot Mental Illness and Avoid Tragedies – Loudoun Now
New National Academies report: Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8
New Child Trends report on developing measures of social-emotional development in early childhood
New SAMHSA data: State estimates of major depressive episode among adolescents
New SAMHSA data: One-third of young adults with any mental illness received mental health services in the past year
New National Academies report: Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders: The Evidence for Stigma Change
Recent article from FiveThirtyEight: Surviving Suicide in Wyoming
July is Minority Mental Health Month
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.
Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.
For Minority Mental Health Month, it's time to do your part.
New Child Trends report on developing measures of social-emotional development in early childhoodNew SAMHSA data: State estimates of major depressive episode among adolescentsNew SAMHSA data: One-third of young adults with any mental illness received mental health services in the past year
LoudounNow has this report on Loudoun County Public Schools’ response to recent student suicides:
After 4 Teen Suicides, Loudoun Schools Launch Emergency Prevention Efforts
Fairfax County Health Department announces PSA's encouraging people to “Reach out. Find hope”.
In Loudoun County Woodgrove’s We’re All Human Committee organized a school wide walk and assembly to break down the stigma of mental health and raise suicide awareness. The message given to students was hope. Students were encouraged to care for one another, be kind to one another and talk to someone if they are in need. Coverage was extensive and can be seen at these links:
NBC4, WJLA, WUSA9, LoudonNow, Washington Post, WTOP
- PRS CrisisLink's Crisis TextConnect in the news: The latest issue of the "National Council Magazine," a publication of the National Council for Behavioral Health, includes an article (on page 50) describing the genesis and evolution of PRS CrisisLink's Crisis TextConnect for suicide prevention, a program developed in partnership with the Fairfax-Falls Church CSB and supported regionally through the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN).
SPAN Advisory Board member and Fairfax High School senior, Kate Bellows tackles stigma in a post entitled, “The Bellows Report: Let’s Talk About Mental Health”. http://www.rebelroar.net/4918/opinion/the-bellows-report-lets-talk-about-mental-health/
Opportunity for youth-led projects to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness announced in Fairfax. Provided by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board through a suicide prevention grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services. You can access the Request for Proposals at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/news/2016/anti-stigma-mini-grants.htm. Proposals are due February 12.
You can read about last year's mini grant winners at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/news/2015/fighting-stigma.htm.
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- NY Times Editorial: Effectively treating mental illness should be a priority in America, but it won’t resolve the gun violence public health crisis.
- NBC4 Changing Minds series highlights efforts to train police and first responsders: Prince William County training law enforcement in Crisis Intervention Team and Fairfax City and County Fire and Rescue in Mental Health First Aid.
- WTOP article highlights how Fairfax County leaders are increasing efforts to address youth suicide and collaborating across the Northern Virginia region.
- Successful Opening Month for Loudoun Crisis Intervention Team Assessment Center: In its first month of operation, the Loudoun County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Assessment Center provided direct crisis intervention and stabilization evalutaions to more than 100 individuals. The CIT Assessment Center, which is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, provides individuals experiencing a mental health emergency the opportunity to meet with a mental health professional for evaluation, crisis intervention and stabilization services, as well as links to various resources. The services are provided by emergency services staff from the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services (MHSADS). During the hours of operation, a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy is available to receive an individual in crisis brought to the center by law enforcement, which allows law enforcement to return to patrol duties.
- Fairfax County Quander Road school students produced this anti-stigma PSA with support from a Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services award
- AlexandriaNews.org featured the development of a Mental Health Matters Campaign led by Alexandria Chapter of NAACP in collaboration with Convergence, City of Alexandria and MBTP: Theater of Purpose; funded by a Northern Virginia Suicide Prevention mini-grant supported through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
- Loudoun County Camp REAL (Raising Education, Achievement and Leadership) participants helped to promote the S.T.O.P. (Students Together Overcome and Prevent) Bullying Initiative with support from a DBHDS grant which focuses on bullying prevention. See the Washington Post article.
- Washington Post article on a blood test and app being tested to help predict suicidality USA Today article on the high risk of suicide among transgender individuals New Action Alliance article and resources on how health care providers can address suicide risks posed by guns and the media
- USA Today article on the high risk of suicide among transgender individuals
- New Action Alliance article and resources on how health care providers can address suicide risks posed by guns and the media
- Washington Post article: The death toll from guns no one talks about Preventative Medicine study: Effects of changes in permit-to-purchase handgun laws in Connecticut and Missouri on suicide rates
- Mental Health America has developed a Back to School Toolkit for MHA Affiliates, advocates, and organizations of all types to use with parents, youth and school personnel to raise awareness of the importance of talking about mental health.
- Study ties Medicaid expansion to capacity to adequately provide mental health services. Article from CQ Roll Call
- Grant Opportunity: A Little HOPE grants to organizations that provide bereavement support services and grief counseling to children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or loved one.
- Grant Opportunity: Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health grants to support research that demonstrates the effectiveness of group psychotherapy