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June 19, 2018
Talk. They hear you. Summer’s here, school’s out and young people may have more downtime than usual. Why not take advantage of this time to practice talking to your kids about the dangers or risks of alcohol? Small conversations can make big impressions. Nationally, alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience poor grades, social and legal problems, disruption in growth and development, abuse of other drugs, memory problems and more. Youth who start drinking before age 15 years are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age. Locally, according to Fairfax County Youth 2016 Survey data, roughly 16.1 percent of eighth-grade students say they have tried alcohol. By grade 12, that number jumps to 54.3 percent. Research shows that parents are the number one reason young people decide not to drink. Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team launched a new education campaign this week, "Talk. They hear you." Residents are invited and encouraged to attend brief, free lunchtime presentations to learn about this underage drinking prevention campaign which focuses on children between ages 9-15. The campaign features an interactive mobile app involving simulations and avatars to help parents practice bringing up the topic of alcohol, learn the right questions to ask, and explore ideas on how to keep the conversation going. The app is free and easy to use. Issues covered in the CSB’s lunchtime presentations include: How to tell if your child is drinking alcohol. Consequences of underage drinking. What you can do to prevent your child from drinking. Why small conversations make a big impression. Why you should talk with your child about alcohol. Why your child might start drinking. Join CSB prevention specialists; bring a friend, and register now. Make a difference in the life of a child you care about. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP and attend the full presentation. Available sessions Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Noon to 1 p.m. at the Merrifield Center in Fairfax Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Noon to 1 p.m. at the Gartlan Center in Alexandria Thursday, June 28, 2018 Noon to 1 p.m. at the Northwest Center in Reston
June 13, 2018
As the opioid epidemic remains a growing concern in Fairfax County and across the U.S., the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) has expanded their REVIVE (opioid reversal) training to include the Reston area. The one-hour, free course will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 29, at the CSB’s Northwest Center in Reston. The course offers a chance for residents to acquire lifesaving tools against overdoses. Residents will learn to administer naloxone, what to do and not to do in an overdose emergency, how to administer the lifesaving medication and what to do afterward during REVIVE training. Attendees also learn about safety plans to help individuals prevent overdose in the event of a relapse. Free naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses, will be available to attendees who meet eligibility requirements. The CSB has been offering community trainings across Fairfax County since 2015 and, as the epidemic has grown, has expanded the number of trainings. So far, over 1,800 people have taken the REVIVE training. Initially, many of the attendees were people whose lives had been impacted by substance use disorders or the opioid epidemic in some way. But according to Miranda Gillespie, a substance abuse counselor at CSB’s A New Beginning program, the classes are now drawing many who do not have any connection to the crisis, they simply want to help. “We are seeing people who have CPR training and who want to be prepared to help others. Like CPR, our course is one that can be used by anyone who encounters a person who is overdosing. We’ve trained parole officers, people who work in schools and the courts, and mothers and fathers from across the county. It’s very encouraging to see.” Gillespie adds that REVIVE classes are offered at A New Beginning in Chantilly once a month on Sundays at 3 p.m. and all are welcome. [See the full list of REVIVE classes.] The trainings started as our CSB partnered with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Chris Atwood Foundation. Front of card. CSB has wallet-sized information cards designed for quick, easy access to CSB resources and phone numbers. Cards can be distributed to people at risk of overdose, and to all community members, upon request. Email your request to the CSB Communications Office or call 703-324-7006 (TTY 711). Residents can get assistance finding treatment options by calling CSB Entry & Referral at 703-383-8500 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or the Fairfax Detoxification Center at 703-502-7000, available 24/7. If you believe you or someone is overdosing, call 911 immediately.
June 7, 2018
The number of people seeking help from Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) partner PRS CrisisLink is rising, most notably among women help-seekers, according to recent data. PRS CrisisLink data, from May 2017-2018, shows that the number of women seeking mental health support rose 66% in the past year, from 1,838 to 3,060. The number of calls that were serious enough to require an emergency response more than tripled over the past year, from 82 to 252. Additionally, 22% of females spoken to by Crisis Link volunteers were actively suicidal and 19% of males were suicidal. The number of men and women who were at high risk for suicide increased over the past year. Additionally, of the women callers, 36% were at high risk for a suicide behavior compared to males at 29%. Last year 664 women were considered high risk, this year 1,181. Of male callers, 544 last year were considered high risk and this year that figure rose to 730. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), reports that over 10,2000 women take their lives each year (2017) and that 28 women die by suicide every day in the U.S. Most commonly, callers to PRS CrisisLink focused on feelings of anxiety, loneliness, concern about mental illness, and life stress. Other topics included anger, depression, and relationships. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background, or income; it is the third leading cause of death among young people in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you or someone you care about may be at risk of suicide, don't hesitate to reach out for help right away. Remember: suicide is preventable. Resources available 24/7 include: Community Services Board Emergency Services at 703-573-5679. Text "CONNECT" to 855-11 to contact PRS CrisisLink. Call PRS CrisisLink at 703-527-4077. Other ways you can help prevent suicide: Learn the signs of suicide. Find out more about CSB's Mental Health First Aid courses and sign up for a Youth, Adult, or Spanish language class. Volunteer for the PRS CrisisLink hotline. Sign up for a summer training course: June 26 & 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., July 7 & 8 (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 10 & 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., or online July 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Contact PRS' Christina Holman, 703-625-8568. Attend the next SPAN meeting on Monday, June 25, 7 p.m., CSB’s Merrifield Center. The Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN) 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, that work together to raise awareness and share resources to prevent suicide. Join the Out of the Darkness Community Walk planning efforts with the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; contact Ellen Shannon, or Karrie Boswell to learn more.
May 4, 2018
Rosaline Nankam, RN, BSN, Fairfax Detox When someone she recognizes returns to the Fairfax Detoxification Center, CSB nurse Rosaline Nankam doesn’t judge. Instead she smiles encouragingly and says, “Welcome back! We’re glad you’re here!” In her 14 years working at Detox, Nankam has seen people come back again and again, year after year, struggling to overcome their opioid dependence and the terrible toll it takes on their bodies and minds. Over 80 percent of the individuals treated at Detox are homeless; many have lost contact with their loved ones. Nankam is determined not to give up on them. Nankam says one of her most memorable patients was a man who came to Detox repeatedly for over 10 years. His need for heroin was so acute that he was injecting it directly into an open wound. One day something clicked, and he agreed to enter a CSB residential treatment program. He brought others to Detox for help and stayed drug-free for the rest of his life. “Detox is the entry point for people with many complex issues,” Nankam explains. “We have to listen closely, to know who we’re dealing with. Clients we serve have many other comorbidities and do not take care of themselves out there in the community. Besides their substance abuse issues, we also deal with medical issues such as diabetes, hypertension and other issues. These need to be addressed at the same time as the substance abuse issues, to increase their chances of remaining sober.” Wanda Orr, MSN, Fairfax Detox Wanda Orr, who also works at Detox, says that nurses there teach every opioid patient how to recognize the signs of overdose, what to do, what not to do, and how to administer Narcan, the life-saving medication that reverses opioid overdose effects. Orr also gives public presentations to educate the community about opioid abuse and how to get help. Nurses throughout the CSB – at Detox, residential treatment programs, outpatient services, clinics and at the jail – provide medication assisted treatment and associated case management for individuals who have opioid dependence. CSB Nursing Director Louella Meachem explains that medications such as Suboxone and Vivitrol reduce the craving for the opioid, so that the individual can remain opioid-free and focus on other aspects of their recovery. Jennifer Hansbrough, a nurse with CSB’s Addiction Medicine clinic at the Merrifield Center, provides medical assessments and triage, case management, prescription monitoring, and follow-up treatment referrals for approximately 80 - 90 individuals receiving medication assisted treatment on an outpatient basis. Hansbrough has spent the past six years working with people with substance use disorders, a population she describes as having been historically underserved and stigmatized. “I love what I do,” explains Hansbrough. “These are remarkable, resilient people in the midst of surviving an epidemic. To be the person that someone reaches out to, after they have lost so much, experienced so much trauma… it’s a huge thing. They keep trying, keep coming back. It’s a life and death struggle.” Hansbrough continues: “The biggest thing we want people to know is that we’re here, judgment free. Whatever stigma there is, it ends at the door.” Nankam, Orr, Meachem, and Hansbrough, with nurse colleagues throughout the CSB and Fairfax County, were honored by the Board of Supervisors on April 10, with a proclamation naming the week of May 6 – 12 as Nurses’ Week in Fairfax County. This year’s proclamation emphasizes the critical role of nurses in combatting the opioid epidemic in our community. If you or someone you know is using opioids and needs help, contact the CSB at 703-383-8500. In an emergency 24/7, contact Fairfax Detox at 703-502-7000 or CSB Emergency Services at 703-573-5679. Call 911 in a life-threatening emergency. Find out about CSB careers for nursing professionals.
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