Please note: The resources included here are not endorsed by APCYF; APCYF is not responsible for the content of service provided by any of these resources.
Index (link to page):
- General Information about Mental Wellness: organizations that provide information, education and raise awareness.
- Support Groups, Online Services, Training and Parent Support: support groups, online counseling or chat services, parenting resources and training programs used at schools.
- Treatment Options: services provided by schools, county health department, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and private clinics; national helplines; general information about getting treatment; and searchable databases for private providers.
- Crisis Response: resources for crisis intervention, assessment, rapid response
and hospitalization; national hotlines.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT MENTAL WELLNESS – LOCAL RESOURCES:
Aakoma Project : works with teenagers and their families to rais e awareness, conduct patient-centered research, and encourage young people to begin conversations in their communities. They bring a special focus on the unique experiences of people of color to engage with communities on a deeper, culturally-relevant level by conducting research and providing clinical support.
Zero Suicide Initiative in Arlington : a framework for system-wide, organizational commitment to safer suicide care in health and behavioral health care systems.
Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN) : 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.
Arlington Public Schools
o Mental Health Resources
o Parent Resource Center
Arlington County Children’s Behavioral Healthcare : provides services to children,
teens and their families to prevent mental health and substance abuse problems from developing or becoming more serious.
NAMI of Northern Virginia : offers classes, support groups to individuals living with a
mental health condition, and family members and friends, at no cost to participants.
Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth & Families : a community organization that
works to improve the health, well-being, and safety of children, youth, and families in
Arlington through researching young people’s needs, advocating for improved policies
and programs to meet those needs.
Teen Network Board : a County & School Board-appointed teen advocacy group
comprised of Arlington high school students, from different backgrounds and parts of
Arlington to provide a countywide voice for Arlington teens.
Second Chance: an educational program for Arlington middle and high school
students to help them avoid using alcohol, drugs and certain other substances. Second
chance is not treatment or therapy. Students showing signs of early substance use will
benefit most from attending Second Chance. Students who are found to be under the
influence of alcohol, marijuana, or certain other substances may be diverted to Second
Chance by Arlington Public Schools or Arlington County Juvenile Courts. Parents can
also refer their teens or teens can refer themselves.
Anxiety & Depression Association of America : an international nonprofit
organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression,
OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research.
The Child Mind Institute : a n independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming
the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance : a comprehensive resource for more than 21
million people in the U.S. who live with mood disorders. We provide education, tools,
peer support, and a wealth of inspiring stories to help you pursue your own path to
wellness. Whether you need resources for yourself or someone you care about, DBSA
is ready to help.
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation : provides support and brings awareness to
mental health issues that plague the African-American community.
International OCD Foundation : a donor-supported nonprofit organization that has grown into an international membership-based organization serving a broad community of individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family members and loved ones, and mental health professionals and researchers around the world.
Mental Health America : a non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living
with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all.
The Mental Health Coalition : a coalition of leading mental health organizations,
brands, and individuals to end the stigma surrounding mental health.
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness : the nation’s largest grassroots mental
health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans
affected by mental illness.
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide : prevention programs and resources for
educators, parents and teens.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention : With local programs and events in all 50 states, AFSP’s chapters are at the forefront of suicide prevention. They create a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, research and advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.
Active Minds : a nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. Through education, research, advocacy, and a focus on young adults ages 14–25, Active Minds is opening up the conversation about mental health and creating lasting change in the way mental health is talked about, cared for,
and valued in the United States.
NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health : the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
Silence the Shame : focuses on education and awareness around mental health. Programs and initiatives consist of Crisis Response Training, Community Conversations, Wellness Training, digital content, and outreach events.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) : provides substance use and mental disorder information, services, and research.
National PTA’s Mental Health Initiative : Helpful information to implement new policies, services and supports to improve the overall mental health in your schools and families. Whether your own child is experiencing trauma, stress or other mental health challenges—or you’re trying to serve your school community—these resources are for you!
Family Resources: Emotional Health
SUPPORT GROUPS, ONLINE SERVICES, TRAINING, and PARENT SUPPORT LOCAL RESOURCES:
Support Groups and Information:
NAMI of Northern Virginia : offers classes, support groups to individuals living with a mental health condition, and family members and friends, at no cost to participants.
Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN) : provides substance use
and mental disorder information, services, and research.
Virginia COPES 1-877-349-6428 : available to all Virginia residents who may be
struggling to cope with the effects and circumstances such as isolation, fear, grief and
anxiety around COVID 19. VA C.O.P.E.S. counselors are prepared to refer and provide
additional information for callers as well but should not be utilized as an emergency or
suicide hotline. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5-9 p.m. on weekends.
Mental Health America of Virginia’s Warmline 1-866-400-6428: Text support feature too. Available from 9am to 9pm Mon-Fri and 5 pm to 9 pm Sat-Sun. The WarmLine is a peer-run service for residents of Virginia to provide a support line for
individuals, family members, and other concerned parties who would like someone to talk to, or who request community mental health resources, or who have specific questions about their recovery journey. The peers who answer the WarmLine listen with compassion and provide non-judgmental support.
Arlington Public Schools
Parent Academy : offers parents and guardians of children attending schools in Arlington learning opportunities on a wide variety of subjects to support the academic, social and emotional development of children.
Parent Resource Center :
● Information and referrals
● Parent learning opportunities and events
● A Family Resource and Information Guide designed to provide step by step
support in navigating the special education process, collaborating with school
staff, and accessing community resources.
● Sibshops – Workshops for brothers and sisters of students with disabilities.
● Individual consultation with families – call or email us to schedule an appointment!
● A lending library containing books, DVDs and audiobooks.
● A monthly email news and updates.
Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare
● “Stay Connected” : Webinars to help parents and caregivers support children (and
themselves) in ever-changing family life.
● Project Family : supports and empowers strong families to enhance the parenting
skills of Arlington parents, gives opportunities to connect with neighbors and
make new friends, links parents to community resources and information, and
equips children with preschool and kindergarten school readiness skills.
Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families
● Parenting Tips
Training Programs (used by Arlington Public Schools)
Second Step : a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform
schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to
encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s
holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education
professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an
active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children .
Sources of Strength : provides evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence,
bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer
leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope,
help and strength.
Signs of Suicide : a universal, school-based prevention program designed for middle school (ages 11-13) and high school (ages 13-17) students.
Youth Mental Health First Aid: introduces common mental health challenges for
youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for
how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
Kognito : combines the science of learning, the art of conversation, and the power of
game technology to engage users in role-play conversations with virtual humans,
allowing them to try different approaches, get personalized feedback and gain the
confidence and skills to lead similar conversations in real-life that result in measurable
changes in social, emotional, and physical health.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 1-800-950-NAMI : offers classes, support
groups to individuals living with a mental health condition, and family members and
friends, at no cost to participants.
http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Air-App for Android or iPhone
Educational Programs: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More