Prevention Unit

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jesse Ellis,

Youth Suicide Review Team


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

  1. To identify systems, policy, and practice changes to inform suicide prevention efforts.
  2. To identify trends in suicide and common risk factors for youth suicide in Fairfax County that can inform and improve efforts related to suicide prevention.

Please read the team protocol for information on the legislative authority providing for the establishment of the team and on the process used by the team.

The Team

Dede Bailer, Fairfax County Public Schools
Bob Bermingham, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
Christianne Esposito-Smythers, George Mason University Center for Psychological Services, Chair
Bryan Holland, Fairfax County Police Department
Melissa Holt, Faith Community Representative
Allison Lowry, Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Laura Mayer, PRS CrisisLink
Jocelyn Posthumus, Virginia Department of Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Raja’a Satouri, Fairfax County Health Department
David Schwartzmann, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Lyn Tomlinson, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Fairfax County Health Department
Jesse Ellis, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Coordinator
Jonathan Melendez, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
May Shallal, Fairfax County Office of the County Attorney 

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