Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: 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

Suicide Prevention Information and Resources

If you or someone you care about may be at risk of suicide, don't hesitate to reach out for help right away. These resources are available 24/7:

  • Call 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.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • In an immediate, life-threatening situation, call 911.

Concerned about your teen’s mood? Take a brief, confidential online screening.

Suicide warning signs

Learn the warning signs of suicide (also available in Spanish).

Mental health services

For help in finding a local mental health service provider, or to inquire about accessing CSB non-emergency services, call CSB Entry and Referral Services (available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) – 703-383-8500, TTY 711.

Youth and adults can also come in person, without prior appointment, to Entry & Referral Services at the CSB's Merrifield Center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to be screened for services. [Learn what happens during an assessment.]

Find out more about CSB services for children, youth and families.

Peer Support is available from people who have had similar experiences giving each other encouragement, hope, assistance and understanding that aids in recovery.

Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools resources

Mental wellness for older adults

Prevention Toolkit

  • The Prevention Toolkit is a collection of 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.

Epi-Aid Report on Youth Suicide in Fairfax County

In November 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted an investigation — known as an “Epi-Aid” — of the behaviors and risk factors associated with suicides among youth in Fairfax County Public Schools. CDC provided the final report to Fairfax County Health Department and the school district and held a webinar briefing on June 23, 2015, to review findings and recommendations from the Epi-Aid.

Resources for health professionals

If you are a doctor, nurse or other health care professional, take one of CSB's free, online courses to enhance skills for identifying depression and suicide risk and other mental health concerns.

Health care professionals can also download Suicide Safe, an award-winning mobile app from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that helps integrate suicide prevention strategies into practice and helps address suicide risk among patients.

Training

Online youth suicide prevention training

To learn more about how to help a young person who may be at risk, take one of CSB's free, online training courses. Fairfax County's online youth suicide prevention training includes four brief courses. The first three (At-Risk for Middle School, At-Risk for Elementary School, At-Risk for High School and Step In, Speak Up!) are geared toward adults who work with young people, and the fourth (Friend2Friend) is geared toward high-school aged youth.

Mental Health First Aid training

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program offered by the CSB that can help communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives. Youth Mental Health First Aid and general Mental Health First Aid courses are available in English and Spanish.

Printable suicide prevention information

Crisis text line posters

Older adults

Reporting on Suicide

Suicide is a public health issue and the way newsrooms report on suicide matters. Watch the Five for 5 Challenge video for best practices for responsible reporting on suicide.

 

Suicide Prevention Projects

Healthy Minds Fairfax

Healthy Minds Fairfax is an initiative designed to improve the quality of, and access to, behavioral health services for children and youth.

Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia

The Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia 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, all working together to raise awareness and share resources to prevent suicide.

"Reach Out. Find Hope." Campaign

After a series of youth suicides in 2014, the Fairfax County Health Department, Neighborhood and Community Services, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and PRS Inc. worked together to develop video public service announcements (PSAs) to help teens in crisis. Watch the PSAs:

Northern Virginia Suicide Prevention Plan

The Northern Virginia Suicide Prevention Plan (Oct. 2014) includes strategies and goals to reduce the incidents of suicide in our community. To find out how you can get involved, email ncs-prevention@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Youth Suicide Review Team

The Youth Suicide Review Team meets regularly to review child (i.e., individual under 18 years old) deaths by suicide.

Youth Suicide Monitoring

Following the 2014 CDC Epi-Aid, the Fairfax County Health Department has increased surveillance efforts to detect significant changes in youth suicide trends in Fairfax County.

Suicide Prevention News