Nearly 1 in 5 people experience a mental health concern each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Mental illness, including depression, substance use disorders, anxiety, or psychosis can happen to anyone. When people suffer physical symptoms such as an aching back or broken bone, they seek medical attention. But not so for people who struggle with mental issues. Why not take the opportunity this month to learn more about increasing awareness of mental health, health habits, and how to protect and maintain emotional health and well-being? Help shine a light on mental health and awareness and work to eliminate stigma surrounding mental illness.
Attend the following events this month:
- May 8 at 1 p.m. – Join the new Community Drug-Free Coalition, forming now! Thomas Jefferson Library
- May 9 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Children’s Mental Health Open House, Merrifield Center
- May 16 at 7 p.m. – Quarterly Diversion First Stakeholders meeting, Fairfax County Government Center
- May 16 at 7 p.m. – CSB Youth Council meeting, Merrifield Center
- May 17 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. – Community Conversation on Youth Stress, FCPS Virginia Hills Administrative Center
- May 20 at 6:30 p.m. – Learn how to get involved in regional suicide prevention efforts! Merrifield Center
- May 21 at 8:30 a.m. – Have breakfast with us as we celebrate the CSB's 50th anniversary! Prior to the Board of Supervisors meeting, observance and recognition of CSB’s 50th Anniversary, Fairfax County Government Center
- May 23 at 2 p.m. – Attend a ceremony honoring the graduates of the Veterans Treatment Docket, Fairfax County Courthouse
- May 23 at 5 p.m. – Community workshop: sleep and its impact on your food, mood, and behavior, Merrifield Center
- Enroll in one of CSB’s Mental Health First Aid courses. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program offered by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board that can help communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives. Mental health first aid introduces risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, helps build understanding of importance of early intervention and teaches participants how to help someone in crisis. The CSB offers courses for adults, older adults, people who work with youth, higher education, and those who serve in public safety roles.
- CSB’s REVIVE! courses train people on what to do, and not to do, in an overdose situation, how to administer life-saving Naloxone and what to do afterwards. The courses are free, about an hour long, and offered across Fairfax County and the Cities of Falls Church and Fairfax year-round.
- Not feeling quite right, but not sure what’s up? Take one of CSB’s free, confidential online mental health screenings. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional
- Join our conversation on mental health by signing up to receive the weekly CSB News, follow the CSB on Twitter and “like” the CSB on Facebook.
Get involved, learn more, help your community and reduce stigma. Help is available, treatment works and people do recover. Call the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board for guidance and resources at 703-383-8500 (TTY 711). CSB Emergency Services are available 24/7 at 703-573-5679 (TTY 711). Call 911 for a life-threatening emergency.
Contact for news media inquiries: Lucy Caldwell, Communications Director, 703-324-7006 (office), 703-856-5210 (cell).