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

Does my child have a mental health concern?

Have a talk with your child 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. [Need help talking with your child about mental health concerns? Practice 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.]

Notice what is going on with your child. You know your child best.

Here are some things to look for:

  • Photo of father talking with teen sonBecoming 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 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.

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.
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