Support Group

ABOUT
SPAN

SPAN (Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia) is a regional community coalition of CSBs, partner organizations, and local community members all working together to prevent suicide.

MISSION & HISTORY.

SPAN was founded in 2016 as one of the five regional coalitions supported by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. SPAN is a regional coalition of the Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun, and Prince William Community Services Boards (CSBs) and other partners in Northern Virginia, all working together to raise awareness and share resources to prevent suicide.
 
Northern Virginia encompasses more than 1,300 square miles with a diverse population of more than 2 million residents. Our neighbors come from many countries and cultures and speak many languages – in addition to English, more than 180 languages or dialects are spoken in our homes. Virginia has the 8th largest military veteran population and fourth-largest active duty population in the U.S., many of whom live here in Northern Virginia. SPAN focuses on regional strategies to address Northern Virginia's unique challenges and opportunities for preventing suicide.

WE CAN ALL HELP PREVENT SUICIDE .

We invite community leaders, faith communities, mental health advocacy groups, school system administrators, health foundations, law enforcement, NAMI chapters, governmental human services coordinators, health departments, parent groups, ethnic counseling groups, peer resource center staff, private providers, university faculty, and youth leaders to get involved with SPAN, get trained, and raise awareness. 

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL.

Noraine Buttar

Youth Development Team Leader

Alexandria CSB

Alicia Gujuardo

Regional Response Program Manager

American Red Cross

Allen Lomax

Chair, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria

Chair, Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria

Jamie MacDonald

Prevention Training Coordinator

Loudoun County CSB

Heather Martinsen

Behavioral Health Wellness Supervisor

Prince William County CSB

Melanie Myers

Manager, Prevention Intervention Services

Loudoun County CSB

Linh Nighe

Supervisor, Health/Substance Abuse

Child & Family Services Division

Arlington CSB

Tricia Rodgers

Program Officer

Northern Virginia Health Foundation

Marla Zometsky

Manager

Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention

Fairfax-Falls Church CSB

STAFF.

SPAN Coordinator

PARTNERS.

SPAN is a collaboration between the five Community Services Boards in Northern Virginia, nonprofit partners, community groups, and dedicated local community members. Our coalition depends on our partners and supporters, so we invite you to join us!

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ADDRESS

8221 Willow Oak Corporate Dr.

Fairfax, VA 22031

EMAIL

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