LOCAL CRISIS PREVENTION AND/OR STIGMA AWARENESS GROUPS  

Josh Anderson Foundation
Providing teens with mental health education, resources, and support.
http://joshafoundation.org  

Campus Suicide Prevention Center
Reduces risk for suicide across Virginia's higher education settings by providing campuses with training, consultation and prevention resources.
http://www.campussuicidepreventionva.org/

Angel Fund
Creating a safe environment for young people to feel respected, accepted and self-confident.
Phone: 703-402-5576  
E-mail: luann.mcnabb@angelfundva.org.  
https://www.angelfundva.org  

Mason Cares - George Mason University
Campus Awareness, Referral, and Education for Suicide Prevention
http://masoncares.gmu.edu/

Community of Solutions
Sharing strategies for helping teens deal with adversity and build resilience.
https://www.facebook.com/cosdcmetro
http://com-sol.wix.com/communityofsolutions  

Safe Community Coalition
Working together for our youth, through information sharing, events, tips, tools and other resources.  
Phone: (703) 795-6943
http://www.safecommunitycoalition.net  

NEXUS - Strives to increase public understanding and promote strong mental health outcomes for Mount Vernon residents of all ages.
Phone: (703) 660-2327  

Unified Prevention Coalition—dedicated to promoting prevention and early intervention for violence and drug use in our community.  
Phone: (703) 938-8723
http://www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org 

Fairfax County Prevention Unit
Provides suggestions, tools, and resources to assist families, school staff, PTAs, community- and faith-based organizations, social clubs, and others in promoting the well-being of youth in our community.
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/prevention/toolkit.htm


COMMUNITY TRAINING FOR MENTAL/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUPPORTERS

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is an evidence-based training that helps people effectively recognize and intervene to prevent suicide.
http://crisislink.org/about-us/press-releases/2-day-asist-suicide-prevention-workshop

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program offered by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board Wellness and Health Promotion staff that can help communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives. 
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/events/mental-health-first-aid.htm 

NAMI Northern Virginia's volunteer-led programs and events bring education, support, and hope to individuals living with a mental health condition, family members, and the community.
http://www.nami-northernvirginia.org/programs--events.html 

Online Training for Suicide Prevention/Intervention
In these 1-hour online Kognito trainings offered by the Community Services Board, users enter a virtual environment, assume the role of an educator, and engage in conversations with three emotionally-responsive virtual students that exhibit signs of psychological distress, including thoughts of suicide.
http://fairfax.kognito.com 

Minds, Inc.
Teaches students, educators, and parents simple, daily mindfulness practices that build awareness and concentration, Social Emotional Learning, compassion, and creativity.
http://mindsincorporated.org

 

REGIONAL MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY GROUPS

Voices for Virginia’s Children- 1 in 5 Kids Campaign
Legislative advocacy for children’s mental health in Virginia. 
Phone: 804-649-0184
Email: ashley@vakids.org
http://1in5kids.org 

NAMI Northern VA – Concerned Fairfax
Email: ConcernedFairfax@gmail.com
http://www.nami-northernvirginia.org/concerned-fairfax.html 

Angel Fund
Creating a safe environment for young people to feel respected, accepted and self-confident.
Phone: 703-402-5576 
E-mail: luann.mcnabb@angelfundva.org. 
https://www.angelfundva.org

Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study 
VA General Assembly subcommittee to study the delivery of mental health services, including laws governing the provision of mental health services and the system of emergency, short-term, forensic, and long-term mental health services in the Commonwealth.
Staff Contacts: David Cotter and Sarah Stanton, Division of Legislative Services, (804) 786-3591 
Hobie Lehman, Senate Committee Operations, hlehman@senate.virginia.gov, 804-698-7450
http://studies.virginiageneralassembly.gov/studies/341

VA- Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health Services and Crisis Response
Established to seek and recommend solutions that will improve Virginia's mental health crisis services and help prevent crises from developing.
http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/MHSCRTTaskforce.htm