Forum Highlights Mental Health Services Available to Loudoun Teens

Loudoun County will host a Youth Mental Health Awareness Community Event from 3- 5 p.m. today at the Loudoun County Government Center.

The Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services and the Loudoun Community Services Board invite the residents to learn about the resources available in the county for youth mental health and wellness, and to meet service providers.

The event, which comes in advance of Suicide Prevention Week, Sept.10-16, will include general mental health information as well as targeted information about how to prevent youth suicide. In addition to the outpatient services and prevention and intervention services provided by the county government, there are many other mental health resources for young people in Loudoun including:

  • SPAN (Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia): Loudoun is a member of the regional alliance. The SPAN website provides links to resources from each member jurisdiction to provide a single point of entry for anyone who may be struggling with mental health issues or contemplating suicide.
  • Mental Health First Aid: This public education program is offered by the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services to help communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives.  A youth version of the program is offered.
  • LINC (Linking Individuals & Navigating Care): LINC’s goal is to help young people and their families understand and manage symptoms of mental illness, while also building skills and supports that allow them to be successful in work, school, and life in general.
  • Crisis Intervention Team Assessment Center: The Loudoun County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Assessment Center at located at 102 Heritage Way, N.E., Suite 102, Leesburg, provides individuals experiencing a mental health emergency the opportunity to meet with a mental health professional for evaluation, crisis intervention and stabilization services. The center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily with mental health professionals available for anyone in crisis.  Non-emergency appointments for the CIT can be made at 703-771-5155.
  • Loudoun County Public Schools Suicide Prevention: The Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) are a key partner in promoting mental health and wellness for youth. The LCPS website lists information and resources as part of its Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention Program.

There also are resources available 24 hours, 7 days a week for youth experiencing depression, suicidal thoughts or other behavioral crises. Through Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services, help is available at 703-777-0320 for anyone experiencing an immediate and severe emotional crisis. Other free, confidential 24/7 resources include:

  • PRS CrisisLink: 703-527-4077 or text “Connect” to 85511
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
  • SAMHSA National Helpline: 800-662-HELP (800-662-4357)
  • Children’s Regional Crisis Response: 844-NCrisis (844-627-4747) in English and Spanish
  • Hopeline: Chat at http://www.hopeline.com or call 800-784-2433.

In an emergency, call 911 and ask for a Crisis Intervention Team deputy or officer.

More information about mental health resources available to help prevent youth suicide in Loudoun County may be found at www.loudoun.gov/SuicidePrevention.

Today’s event will be held in the Dulles Room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, at 1 Harrison St., SE in Leesburg.

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