If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “Hello” to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.

Prevention Services

The mission of the Prevention Services Department is to provide best practice prevention strategies and evidence-based prevention programs, pertaining to substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, and mental health promotion across the lifespan. 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

Substance Misuse Prevention Resources

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - Teens: Drug Use and The Brain https://teens.drugabuse.gov/teens

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Talk. They Hear You. https://www.samhsa.gov/talk-they-hear-you

Partnership to End Addiction https://drugfree.org/prevention-and-taking-action-early/

Opioid Prevention Resources https://off-opioids.org/ 

Mental Health Promotion Resources

​Mental Health America https://www.mhanational.org/

Seize the Awkward https://seizetheawkward.org/

VA COPES – COVID-19 Warmline – Call or text 877-349-6428 or visit https://vacopes.com/

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990 or visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

Suicide Prevention Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255, text “Hello” to 741741 or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Lock and Talk VA https://lockandtalk.org/

Suicide Prevention Resource Center https://www.sprc.org/

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention https://afsp.org/


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)


Length: 16 hours

Audience: Anyone 18 +

Min/max: 8 – 30 participants with 2 trainers, 14 – 45 participants with 3 trainers

“Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.”



Length: 4 hours

Audience: Anyone 15 +

Min/max: 10 – 30 participants

“safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, 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 the 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.” 

Mental Health First Aid


Length: 8 hours

Audience: Anyone 18 +

Min/max: 5 – 30 participants

“Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.”  



Length: 1 hour

Audience: Anyone 18 +

Min/max: 5 – 30 participants

“REVIVE! is the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (OONE) program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Currently REVIVE! provides training on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan ®). Lay Rescuer trainings are between 1-1.5 hours long. This training covers understanding opioids, how opioid overdoses happen, risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Naloxone.” 

Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities


Length: 1 hour to 4 hours

Audience: Anyone 18 +

Min/Max: 5-30 participants

“In over thirty locations across the country, amazing people like you are using ACE Interface materials to improve understanding of how experience affects the life course.  We are generating compassion, creativity, and confidence.  The presentations we give and the dialogues we facilitate inspire a wide range of actions that build more effective communities and support parents so that they can prevent high ACE Scores in the next generation. Across the country, people are gaining a common language and a common understanding of the science.  Together, we are reaching to people in all sectors and disciplines.  Trainers are working in many different environments, from living rooms to board rooms, developing what we call "Self-Healing Communities.” 

To inquire about our services, please contact the Prevention Services Coordinator at 540-213-7599.

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