Prevention Services

Prevention Services offer a broad range of prevention services in the community. Some of those services include presentations on prevention-related topics, suicide prevention training, as well as addressing community needs as they arise through work on community coalitions and work groups. Below is a list of the different initiatives, programs, and training services offered by our Prevention Services Department. For more information, please contact our Prevention Services Coordinator at 540-213-7599.

If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, please call the Lifeline. People have called us for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Prevention Staff offer a 2 full day training for

anyone 18+years old. Open to anyone who wants to learn about Suicide Prevention Techniques.

SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

To learn more about SafeTALK, please visit their website here, or call our Prevention Services Coordinator at



Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The training provides the skills needed to reach out and give the initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Please click the link above for more information.  


Greater Augusta Prevention Partners (GAPP) Coalition: is a collaborative community group, whose focus is around pressing prevention issues and initiatives in the community. Many agencies and individuals are involved with the Coalition and meetings are open to the public. Please join us at the Augusta County Government Center – Smith Room West, the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information please click the link above.

Lock and Talk is a local initiative to decrease occurrences of completed suicide and increase suicide prevention awareness. This initiative is a collaboration between the State Health Planning Region 1, Suicide Prevention Committee and Valley CSB Prevention Services.

Lock and Talk provides education and tools regarding "Means Safety". This is defined as keeping the lethal means in which most use to attempt or complete suicide can be kept safe by family, friends and local professionals.

They provide safety devices such as medication lock boxes, trigger locks/ cables, support material and consultation. They also provide trainings to the community; to include Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, SafeTalk, and SuicideTALK. For more information, please call the Prevention Coordinator at 540-292-0013, click on the Facebook link (left), or visit their website at the link above.

Health Planning Region 1 (HPR 1) Suicide Prevention Pilot Grant:

The HPR 1 Suicide Pilot Grant utilizes existing Community Services Board's prevention networks within Health Planning Region 1, in an effort to reduce suicide rates across the region. The following strategies are currently being implemented

- Increasing and strengthening gatekeeper education

- Increasing help seeking behaviors

- Reducing access to lethal means

For more information contact Prevention Services Coordinator at 540-213-7599 or the HPR 1 Suicide Prevention Pilot Coordinator at 540-817-7766 or visit the website at their link above.

Project Grows

a 10-acre, youth-oriented community farm in the rolling hills of Augusta County, Virginia, on Berry Farm Road. We are a non-profit whose mission is to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County through community farming that includes hands-on experience, nutrition education, and access to healthy food. To learn more about Project Grows, click the link above.

Meet Our Staff

Erin Botkin: As a native of Staunton, Erin brings a local feel to the Prevention Services Department. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Psychology, Erin appreciates the opportunity to give back to the community that has contributed so much to her life experiences. Erin enjoys working with youth and engaging families through prevention opportunities.

Kara Rill: With Staunton as her hometown, Kara graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Health Sciences in 2016. Kara has served as a Prevention Specialist with our agency since the fall of 2016. She has a passion for helping people and hopes to make a difference in the lives of each person she encounters.

To inquire about any of our services, contact us at 540 213-7599.