Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Fairfax County, Virginia



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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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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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December 18, 2020
Over the past several years, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team has offered Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses to our community. MHFA provides education about the warning signs and symptoms of various mental health concerns including psychosis, suicidality, substance use, depression, and anxiety. MHFA helps people learn the tools needed to assist someone in distress and to encourage appropriate help and support. In response to COVID-19, MHFA is now virtual. With updated content and information on trauma and self-care, virtual MHFA participants will continue to learn how to identify, understand, and respond to someone struggling with a mental health concern or misusing substances. The Youth MHFA version includes updated material for adults working with school age children on issues of social media, trauma and bullying. The content is gender neutral and culturally relevant. Marla Zometsky, Manager of CSB's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team, says, "No one is immune to mental health concerns. The MHFA training helps to change the discussion around mental health and challenges the stigma associated with mental health which often stops people from getting help." Previous MHFA participant Sandra shared with us, "The course greatly helped me to understand how to talk to someone who is exhibiting signs of a possible mental health crisis. Prior to taking this course, I was very uncomfortable discussing these types of issues with anyone." Advance registration and online pre-work is required prior to attending the virtual courses. Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced module, and then participate in a 6.5-hour instructor-led virtual Zoom class (including breaks). The cost to attend is $25 and each course is limited to 20 participants. To kick off this new offering, the registration fee is waived for the Tuesday, January 12 MHFA training. Sign up now. For questions about MHFA, email CSB's Mental Health First Aid team.

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December 18, 2020
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) reports that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., with an average of 132 deaths by suicides each day. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to be aware of ways to safeguard mental health. The Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN) encourages residents to educate themselves and others on ways to prevent suicide and strengthen mental health. SPAN’s newly redesigned, mobile-friendly website (suicidepreventionnva.org) has information and resources like: A free self-screening tool – Check-Up from the Neck-Up. Easy to scan lists of risk factors and warning signs – How You Can Help: Five Steps. Videos – SPAN suicide prevention videos for teens, peers and parents Easy access links to hotlines and text lines. The website also includes resources for community members and profess: Links to local government mental health care through Community Services Boards. Links to COVID resources.  Curated tools, infographics, reports and resources on suicide prevention. Firearms account for 50 percent of all deaths by suicide, according to AFSP. And, 19 percent of people who complete suicide use poison or medication. Residents can also obtain free firearm locks and medicine lock boxes through the Lock & Talk program.  If you or someone you know is in crisis, call PRS CrisisLink at 703-527-4077 or text "CONNECT" to 855-11. For more information about SPAN, contact CSB's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention Manager Marla Zometsky, 571-330-0495. 

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December 15, 2020
Parenting can be difficult, even under the best of circumstances. Now the coronavirus pandemic has brought major changes to every aspect of our lives – how we live, work, teach, and play – making parenting more stressful. Many of us are worried about how our children are handling the social isolation of distance learning, alongside the usual trials and challenges of growing up. "Just as you are looking out for your child’s physical health during the pandemic, keep an eye on their mental health too," recommends James M. Gillespie, Healthy Minds Fairfax Director and CSB Youth and Family Services Director. He adds, "Having less contact with friends and family and not being able to do enjoyable activities can increase stress and lead to emotional or mental health concerns in children." If you’re worried about your child, have a talk with them to find out how they are doing. Give them your full attention. Listen carefully, repeat what you heard and ask if you got it right. When they feel heard and understood, they’re more likely to share with you. Notice what is going on with your child. You know your child best. Here are some things to look for: Becoming more irritable, hyperactive, energetic, fidgety, or aggressive. Excessive sadness, fears or worries.  A steep in drop in grades, getting into trouble at school or not attending school. Loss of appetite, significant weight gain or loss, lack of sleep or too much sleep. Withdrawal from activities, family, or friends. Alcohol or drug use. Thoughts of suicide or harming themselves or others – Do not be afraid to ask your child if they are having these thoughts. Your asking will not put those thoughts in their head. Rather, it tells them you care and that you will help keep them safe. How to get help Below are several options for you to speak with a mental health professional. Do not worry about making the wrong choice. Every number leads to someone who can help. Contact your child’s pediatrician. Call your health insurance company or visit their website to search for a behavioral/mental health provider. Contact the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) at 703-383-8500, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk into the CSB’s Merrifield Center (8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031) weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact your child’s school counselor, school public health nurse, social worker, or psychologist. Take a free, confidential online mental health screening  and practice talking with your child about mental health concerns by taking a free, online Kognito training. [Though these courses are designed for educators, parents can use the same skills in talking with their own children.] Visit the CSB or Healthy Minds Fairfax websites to get mental health information and local resources. If your child is having a mental health crisis, these services are available 24/7 Below are several options for you to speak with a mental health professional. Do not worry about making the wrong choice. Every number leads to someone who can help. Call the PRS CrisisLink hotline at 703-527-4077, 1-800-273-8255 or text “CONNECT” to 855-11. Call Children’s Regional Crisis Response Children’s Regional Crisis Response (CR2) at 571-364-7390. Call CSB Emergency Services at 703-573-5679. Bring your child to the CSB’s Merrifield Crisis Response Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031. Call 911 if it is a life-threatening emergency. Make sure to notify the operator that it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for an officer trained in crisis intervention or trained to assist people experiencing a psychiatric emergency. Make the call today – there's never a wrong time to reach out for help for your child. Get a printable Does my child have a mental health concern? flyer.

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