The Northern Virginia Suicide Prevention Plan is based on the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. It was developed in 2014 with input from stakeholders throughout Northern Virginia. The plan was designed so that everyone in Northern Virginia – professionals, partners, family, and community members – will see a way that they can support suicide prevention.
The plan includes goals and strategies under four strategic directions:
- Strategic Direction 1: Healthy and Empowered Individuals, Families, and Communities – Build awareness and resilience, and reduce stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness among the entire community.
- Strategic Direction 2: Clinical and Community Preventive Services – Provide programs and services that prevent suicide and address the risk factors for suicide.
- Strategic Direction 3: Treatment and Support Services – Provide programs and services designed to prevent suicide among those at high risk.
- Strategic Direction 4: Data, Research, and Evaluation – Analyze data and information to measure progress and identify needs and areas of concern.
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The implementation of the plan is coordinated regionally by the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia. Information on memberships, meetings, and more is coming soon.
Communities in Northern Virginia are also working on implementing the plan at a more local level:
- City of Alexandria:
- Arlington County:
- Fairfax (includes Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church):
The Promoting Mental Health Team, a committee of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax, is responsible for coordinating implementation of the plan in Fairfax. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or join their LinkedIn group.
- Loudoun County:
- Prince William (includes Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park):
The Behavioral Health Wellness team at PWC Community Services is coordinating the SPAN initiatives in collaboration with the Prevention Alliance of Greater Prince William, area school systems, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and concerned residents to promote mental wellness and suicide prevention in the community. Please email HMartinsen@pwcgov.org or call (703) 792-7739 for more information.
Some of the implementation activities are funded through a grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
For things you can do to help implement the plan and prevent suicide, please visit our Resources page.
The following organizations are actively involved in preventing suicide in Northern Virginia and are in need of volunteers: