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.
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board has awarded mini-grants for seven projects, all planned and led by young people, which aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among their peers.
Read more about the projects here, https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/2019/youth-led-grants-awarded.
One in five people in the U.S. experiences a mental health disorder in their lifetime. It could be serious depression, anxiety, psychosis, an eating disorder, or any of a number of common conditions, all of which are treatable. Yet, because of the stigma associated with mental illness, people are often reluctant to admit that they, or someone they care about, has a mental health problem.
Sadly, this stigma keeps people from seeking help.
Eliminating stigma requires a change in the way we talk and think about mental illness in our culture. Young people can be a very powerful, driving force behind this kind of positive culture change. This mini-grant program will fund youth-planned, youth-led projects to reduce stigma among their peers. The program’s goals are to:
This mini-grant program is funded by a regional suicide prevention grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and administered by the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services.
Proposals Due Feb. 8, 2019
Project Period Begins Feb. 15, 2019
Project Period Ends Aug. 2, 2019
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