Effective at 5 p.m. on March 27, 2020, all Fairfax County buildings are closed to the public; CSB Emergency Services on the Merrifield Center's Lower Level remains open.
If possible, before coming to the Merrifield Center, please call ahead to Emergency Services to see if you are able to be seen via telehealth services – phone or video.
During this time, CSB has transitioned mainly to telehealth services via Zoom for Healthcare, by phone or video.
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
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.
Fairfax County Public Schools resources
- Mental Health and Resiliency
- Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information
- School Counseling Services
- School Psychology Services
- School Social Work Services
Mental wellness for older adults
Military, veterans and their family members
- Listing of resources available for members of the military, veterans and their families.
- 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.
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 ten brief courses. Nine of the classes are geared toward adults who work with young people:
- At-Risk for Early Childhood Educators
- At-Risk for Elementary School
- At-Risk for Middle School
- At-Risk for High School Educators
- Step-In, Speak Up! (support for LGBTQ students
- Building Respect: Bullying Prevention in Schools
- Resilient Together: Coping with Loss at School
- Trauma-Informed Practices for K12 Schools
- Transitions: Supporting Military Children)
One course, 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.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid offered by the CSB. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and how to help them create a plan to support their immediate safety. ASIST is for anyone ages 16 and older, and no prior training is necessary. Find out more about ASIST.