Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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Emergency - 703-573-5679 Detox - 703-502-7000 (24/7)

703-383-8500 | TTY 711

8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Daryl Washington, Executive Director

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The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board provides services for people of all ages who have mental illness, substance use disorders and/or developmental disabilities.

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CSB News

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February 16, 2021
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) provides services for people of all ages who have mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or developmental disabilities to help them to build and live their best lives. Every day, CSB employees and partners commit themselves to providing excellent services to individuals in our community. Many go above and beyond in meaningful and unforgettable ways. The CSB’s Spirit of Excellence Awards, which are not exclusively for CSB staff, recognize these individuals for their enduring actions. CSB employees also provide valuable contributions through single, random acts of kindness. The CSB Spirit of Excellence Random Act of Kindness Award honors a CSB employee who makes a deliberate, one-time contribution to the CSB and the people we serve.  The CSB Spirit of Excellence Award Team has announced a new award category, One Fairfax, to recognize actions resulting in advancement of equity and inclusion in our community. [Learn more about One Fairfax.] To accommodate this new award category, the nomination period for all awards has been extended through noon on Sunday, March 7, 2021. Do you know an extraordinary individual or team that embodied excellence and superior performance in the services they provided in the past year?  Please consider nominating that individual or team for a Spirit of Excellence Award. Any member of the community is eligible to be nominated. Since July 2007, each year CSB employees and others have been recognized for excellence by colleagues and community members. Get more information about the Spirit of Excellence Award or fill out the nomination form.

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February 12, 2021
Eight youth-led projects have been awarded mini-grants by the Wellness, Health Promotion and Prevention team of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) to help change the negative stigmas associated with mental illness. The projects, all planned and led by young people, aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among their peers. Each of the projects will be implemented by June 30, 2021.  Funding for the CSB's mini-grant program for youth-led projects is from a regional suicide prevention grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and is conducted in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN). By providing resources to youth-led projects, the CSB and SPAN seek to inspire young people to be the driving force for a positive culture change to eliminate the stigma around mental illness. "The purpose of the initiative is for youth to lead the way in helping their peers and community to recognize a mental health concern in themselves or in someone else, and to not hesitate to get help," says Marla Zometsky, Manager of CSB Wellness, Health Promotion and Prevention Services.  The grants were awarded to:   Emi Van Winkle: Mental Health Awareness Campaign Lincolnia Community Center: Mental Health/Suicide Awareness Prevention Walk Kate Van Winkle: Connecting Through Comics Rams Minds Matter: Calm Café Lunchroom Wexford Manor Community Resource Center: Rock for Change Edison Minds Matter: Highlighting the “Unity” in Our Community Enterprise Community Development: Wake Up/Step Up Reston Youth Empowerment Jack Barnes: Buttons Unite Students “Mental health conditions are common, with about one in every five adults in the US experiencing a mental illness, which most often begins appearing in the teenage years. Yet, people are often reluctant seek help because of fear and stigma,” says Zometsky.  “Youth can drive a movement to reduce that stigma by helping to correct misinformation and show that talking about mental health and seeking help is okay.”  Interested in getting involved in other prevention focused youth initiatives, such as the Fairfax Prevention Coalition? Contact CSB's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team. Learn more about the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

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February 1, 2021
[Click the image for a printable calendar] The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team focuses on ways to strengthen our community’s emotional health and ability to handle challenges related to mental health concerns and substance misuse. In February, we are focusing on the importance of physical and mental health. Physical and mental health are equally important; balance can be achieved. Let’s take care of ourselves and loved ones by raising awareness and increasing our education about our overall health. Take a class and learn what to do if someone is at any stage of needing help. Reach out, talk with others, and listen; connect them with resources. Explore our calendar of suggestions and reach out to the prevention team for more information about the activities suggested. Calendar Resource Links REVIVE! opioid overdose reversal training Sign up for a virtual Mental Health First Aid (contact us about personalized training sessions). Take a virtual QPR class to learn how you can help prevent suicide. Inova Reality Check program for new drivers. Track healthy habits, create a health routine, start a sleep diary, track your mood and more with the myStrength app (Click on ‘Sign Up’, and enter access code ‘CSBCommunity’). Watch the Safe Space to Dig Deep series of community discussion panels: Mental Health and Wellness in the Black Community. Recognizing and Responding to Trauma and Stress During COVID-19 and Racial Crisis. Adult Mental Health, Civic Engagement and Voting. Youth Mental Health, Child Welfare, Education and the Juvenile Justice System Engagement with Professionals in Mental Health, Medical Services and Law Enforcement Learn about the Fairfax Prevention Coalition. Find out about the Lock & Talk initiative. Find out what eating disorders are, where to begin if you have an eating disorder (https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/where-do-i-start-0) or how to help someone with an eating disorder (https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/how-do-i-help). Download an eating disorder awareness toolkit that's great for parents, educators, coaches and more: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/toolkits. [Get a printable calendar.]

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January 12, 2021
[Click the image for a printable calendar] The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team focuses on ways to strengthen our community’s emotional health and ability to handle challenges related to mental health concerns and substance misuse. In January, we focus on ways to maintain your mental wellness by engaging in self-care, educating yourself about mental health, and staying active. Explore our calendar of suggestions and reach out to the prevention team for more information about the activities suggested. Calendar Resource Links Track healthy habits, create a health routine, start a sleep diary, track your mood and more with the myStrength app (Click on ‘Sign Up’, and enter access code ‘CSBCommunity’). Sign up for a virtual Mental Health First Aid (contact us about personalized training sessions). REVIVE! opioid overdose reversal training Learn about the Fairfax Prevention Coalition. Find out about the Lock & Talk initiative. Connect with the This is Quitting program. Find out about volunteering with Fairfax County. Learn about the Reality Check program offered by Inova. [Get a printable calendar.]

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January 12, 2021
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is once again offering mini-grants for youth-led projects to reduce stigma among their peers, with support from the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia which is funded by the  Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. These mini-grants will fund youth-planned, youth-led projects within Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City, to be completed by July 30, 2021. A total of $6,000 is available, for requests not to exceed $1,000 each. Marla Zometsky, Manager of CSB Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention services says that in addition to the goal of reducing the stigma around mental illness, the mini-grants also aim to promote help-seeking behaviors. While mental health concerns and disorders are common, frank discussions about them are not a common occurrence. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24. "Far too often, stigma prevents people from getting the care they need and deserve. Stigma, coupled with the isolation due to the response to COVID-19, trauma and systemic racism, further impacts our physical and mental health,” says Zometsky. She added, "Youth are our leaders. Their voices are a powerful tool for change and these grants can support them as they lead the way to reduce the stigma associated with mental health concerns and prevent suicide." Here are some ideas from previous years' grant awardees: Healthy Minds Foster Futures Virtual 5K Walk: The Department of Family Services (DFS) Youth Advocate Program hosted the "Healthy Minds Foster Futures" virtual walk. This virtual walk was originally planned to be in person however, due to the pandemic, it was changed to a virtual platform. These youth leaders created a link, providing easy access to the flyer and registration for participants via the DFS website. Next, they connected with more than 62 agencies such as NAMI, several Board of Supervisor’s offices, Catholic Charities, Trauma Informed Community Network and Project Life to raise awareness by posting to their websites and/or newsletters. The event received at least 800 views and participants learned about the impact and prevalence of mental health in the foster care community. Using Positivity to Improve Teenage Girls Confidence: Approximately 2,100 students who attend Lake Braddock Secondary School will be able to reap the benefits of the "Using Positivity to Improve Teenage Girls Confidence" project. This group of dedicated young people created an initiative that provided confidence boosts and positive self-talk tools for their peers by painting positive messages on the stalls and walls of girl’s locker rooms and restrooms throughout the school. They were also able to provide information about mental health resources to the students by attaching these resources to all the bathroom stall doors. Walk in Our Shoes (CPDC): Throughout a course of three months, Ayesha Abdullahi and Ahlam Ali (of CPDC) met with a hundred students at five different affordable housing sites (Island Walk, Cameron Crescent, Cedar Ridge, West Glade, and Stonegate apartments) to provide interactive lessons about mental health awareness. Throughout the project, the pair taught youth how to stop or reduce stigma, how to cope with both mental health conditions and the stigma that comes along with them, and how to help someone with a mental health condition - both dealing with students with mental disabilities and helping them find the resources to get better. During their initiative they were able to engage students from first through 12th grades. The Community Preservation and Development Corporation met with 32 youth, from ages 6 to 18 years enrolled in the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program in the Island Walk community center in Reston. The collective taught the youth how to stop, reduce and cope with stigma relating to mental health conditions. They also learned how to help someone with a mental health challenge and how to find resources for them. Proposals are due Monday, February 8, 2021 and awards will be announced Friday, February 12, 2021. Review the Request for Proposals to find out how to apply, and email csbprevention@fairfaxcounty.gov with questions.

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About the Health & Human Services System

The Community Services Board is a part of the Fairfax County Health & Human Services System (HHS). The HHS System is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work, and play in Fairfax County.

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