Community Resources

True prevention is not waiting for bad things to happen, it’s preventing bad things from happening in the first place.” – Don McPherson

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When you need them most.

Adult Prevention Resources

  • The Women’s Center has partnered with the Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William and the Federal Government, to offer affordable counseling to the residents of Prince William. The Center’s counseling services are offered on a sliding scale to match the budget of each Prince William resident who seeks help. Call to make an appointment at (571) 385-1625
  • The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) is proud to announce the Empower Series —a collection of virtual events and workshops aimed to help youth, advocates, and decision makers empower themselves and others to make healthy choices.
  • Prince William County Community Services offers adult mental health services which provide case management, therapy services, discharge planning assistance, psychiatric services and more to individuals seeking mental health assistance and/or treatment.
  • 5 Bridges to Wellness dives deep into wholistic wellness strategies through workshops, coaching, and trainings that help you to create self-care roadmap customized by you! Prince William County Behavioral Health and Wellness Department is providing these trainings free of charge as of December 2020. For more information, contact Heather Martinsen at hmartinsen@pwcgov.org.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a leader in stigma reduction efforts for mental illness who have tips on how to help a person with mental illness, recognize the warning signs, additional mental health education, peer-led programs, skills training and support.
  • NAMI Prince William offers various presentations, education programs/classes and support groups right here in Prince William for adults, youth, families, and schools created to raise awareness and provide valuable resources for individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition and their families.
  • Mental Health America (MHA) provides information on mental health, getting help, taking-action and Online Screening Tools for anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and co-occurring conditions to help you live mentally healthy.
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a for-cost course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
  • The National Empowerment Center exists to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to those diagnosed with a mental illness through information and advocacy resources.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new mobile app, My Mental Health Crisis Plan, which allows individuals who have serious mental illness (SMI) to create a plan to guide their treatment during a mental health crisis.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has created Stigma-Free Company Video: Improving Workplace Well-Being, a video-led group discussion tool for workplaces.
  • The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) provides information about eating disorders, how to seek treatment and support groups for people suffering from eating disorders and their families.
  • REVIVE! is Virginia’s Opioid Overdose Response training created to educate lay community members on how to respond during an opioid overdose emergency. Prince William Community Services is offering a free online class that will provide the knowledge and confidence you need to potentially save a life during an opioid overdose emergency.
  • Regional Campaign for Prescription Drug Awareness created in partnership by Behavioral Health and Wellness Departments across Northern Virginia to provide education for the lay community with the campaign Speak Out. Opt. Out. Throw Out. This site provides a range of resources and education on opioid risk reduction for individuals and families.
  • Prince William County Community Services is the place to find virtual recovery meetings, resources, and adult services for substance use disorder support.
  • Mental Health America has developed an Addiction Screening Tool (Alcohol and substance use test) to help determine if your use of alcohol or drugs is an area to address.
  • AlcoholScreening.org is an alcohol use screening site developed by the Boston University School of Public Health. It includes an online test about your own, or someone else’s, level of alcohol use, including advice about cutting down or getting professional treatment.
  • Partnership to End Addiction provides substance use support for parents to better understand risk factors for addiction, brain development and behavior, and ‘what is normal?’ when it comes to teen behaviors.
  • Plan Against Pain is a Choices Matter resource that provides individuals with the information they need to build their own personal treatment/recovery plan, a toolbox of webinars and further resources with patient testimonials from others who have taken the pledge against Opioid overprescribing and addiction.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides ideas about how to stop using tobacco including downloadable resources and contacts for online and phone counseling.
  • Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) has developed a comprehensive toolkit, one pagers, a national-level marijuana legalization report, and additional credible information on the implications of recreational marijuana use and legalization.
  • QPR Institute is a premier authority for suicide awareness and prevention with trainings offered by Prince William County Community Services. This training helps build our community’s network of QPR-trained Gatekeepers who are able to recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope, and know how to get help and save a life. To register for an upcoming training contact Heather Martinsen at hmartinsen@pwcgov.org.
  • The David J Cobb Foundation was created to break the silence of teen suicide by fostering positive relationships and encouraging open discussions between teens and the community through a variety of educational events and programs offered in Greater Prince William. For immediate help you can test “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8355).
  • Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.
  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center was created by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which provides an array of information about suicide, it’s risk and protective factors, warning signs, effective prevention strategies, available resources, programs, and trainings available to the general public.
  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has created a list of shareable resources to raise awareness about suicide prevention so that everyone can play a role in preventing suicide by adding suicide prevention messages to our virtual-social platforms.
  • Mental Health America as part of the Campaign for America’s Mental Health has developed a Depression Screening website to educate people about clinical depression, offer a confidential way for people to get screened for symptoms of depression and guide people toward appropriate professional help if necessary.
  • The American Association of Suicidology resource center has an array of facts and statistics sheets, shareable graphics, and specific resources for suicide loss survivors as well as suicide attempt survivors.
  • The Virginia Cooperative Extension is a research-based cooperation of local, state and federal governments in partnership with tens of thousands of citizens. Our programs strengthen families and help protect the environment to provide educational programs designed to enable families to better manage resources, help youth become self-directing, contributing and productive members of society, and improve the impact of urban horticulture on the environment.
  • Children’s Regional Crisis Response (CR2) provides 24-hour rapid response to all youth (21 and younger) who may be facing a mental health and/or substance use crisis through phone screenings and face-to-face assessment, intervention, and support so that your child and family may continue with life as planned.
  • The Regional Education Assessment Crisis Services Habilitation (REACH) Program is the statewide crisis system of care that is designed to create individualized supportive interventions to prevent and/or de-escalate future crisis situations and meet the crisis support needs of adults and children who have a developmental disability and are experiencing crisis events which put them at risk for homelessness, incarceration, hospitalization, and/or danger to self or others. For immediate assistance call Region II (Northern) REACH Hotline: (855) 897-8278 or contact Adult & Child REACH Director: Liv Salvador for more information.
  • For those experiencing a Housing / Rent / Mortgage issue related to COVID-19, this site will help you generate the paperwork you need to notify your landlord (1) that you are struggling financially and (2) that current laws may not allow them to evict you.
  • Virginia has two state-funded sources for rent and mortgage relief: DHCD's Rent and Mortgage Relief Program for tenants or owners struggling to pay themselves and Virginia Housing’s Rent and Mortgage Relief program for Landlords/Property Owners to apply for assistance on behalf of their tenant(s).
  • The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has created a series of Interactive SignUpNow workshops that highlight important changes to Medicaid/FAMIS in light of the public health emergency. Workshops will also cover the “ins and outs” of the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and post-enrollment information for Virginia’s Medicaid/FAMIS programs.
  • English as a Second Language and Immigrant Ministries (ESLIM) provides ESL classes taught at various locations throughout Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, with some locations providing childcare.
  • Ask, Listen, and Learn has created a series of 7 videos, brain trivia, and games for elementary and middle school aged youth on the impact of alcohol on the brain
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a Mind Matters series of 9 illustrated booklets with information for youth on how various substances affect the brain. These booklets are available in English and Spanish.
  • The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has developed books and coloring books for early-childhood youth who are experiencing changes in their daily life/routine due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • The National Institution on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a YouTube Channel with quick videos that bring each drug topic to life and help reinforce key messages.
  • Prince William County Police Department offers a wide range of Community Safety Resources and information for adults and youth such as crime prevention tips and crime alerts.
  • Prince William County Police Department offers a several Community Watch Programs designed to protect our home, work and play environments such as Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Worship Watch, and Fleet Watch.
  • Prince William County Fire and Rescue offers an array of Community Safety Programs and Fire & Injury Prevention information for all PWC residents.
  • PulsePoint is a software application designed to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest/heart attack survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship. The PulsePoint app is integrated with the county's emergency dispatch/9-1-1 system and empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)/heart attacks while emergency responders are on their way. Application users, trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and are willing to assist in an emergency, can now be notified through the application.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares helpful resources and information for parents, youth and adult drivers on some of the most common safety problems novice teen drivers should avoid and how adults can help to educate new drivers before they get behind the wheel.
  • NetSmartz is National Center on Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has developed a free online safety education program with age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children how to be safer online, prevent victimization, and make safer choices on- and offline.
  • The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the White House have partnered on a Keep Kids Safer Online webinar to empower parents to take the pledge to  do what they canto help safeguard the children in their life.
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has developed a program, Power of Parents, that empowers parents of middle school and high school students to have ongoing, intentional conversations about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking and drug use.
  • The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) taskforce, The Why Inc. and the Prevention Alliance of Greater Prince William have collaborated to bring valuable information to our region's parents on the rising danger and risks of unmonitored youth screen time and have developed a Comprehensive Resource Packet to help parents set boundaries, start the conversation and educate their youth on how to practice caution and safety online.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Common Sense Media has developed a comprehensive list of safe, online resources, books, TV, apps, and other hand-picked sources of fun, age-appropriate kids' sites and online games, along with "Need to Know" information for parents.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed an application to help parents prepare and practice talking to their kids about one of the most important conversations you may ever have with your kids, about underage drinking. SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” app is available on desktop computers and on the go from the App Store. Also check out their customizable parent resources, discussion starter videos ad more.
  • Natural High for parents provides a two-step tool for parents to engage their children in a discussion on living drug-free and substance abuse using Natural High Video Testimonials from powerful social influencers we all know and our kids look up to.
  • Mental Health First Aid has created information on Five Ways You Can Help Youth Take Care of Their Mental Health When Going Back to School.
  • Mental Health America has developed a Parent Screening Tool for parents of young people to determine if their child’s emotions, attention, or behaviors might be signs of a problem.
  • The Consumer Healthcare Products Association has built a campaign of resources to prevent and reduce teen over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine abuse by talking to your teen, monitoring your medicines, and sharing resources.
  • The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has created a free Parent Toolkit as part of their Operation Prevention campaign to help parents start a conversation with their families on the dangers of drug use.
  • Partnership to End Addiction has an array of resources to help parents educate their children on the dangers of substance use during early developmental years.
  • Healthy Delaware has created a Social Media Calendar with ready-to-go posts, texts, and announcements for parents and teachers to share to help schools spread the word on the dangers of e-cigarettes.
  • The Ask, Listen, and Learn program has created a community of resources for parents on having conversations with children about making healthy choices, the effects of alcohol on the developing brain, and how cannabis affects the developing brain.
  • Fairfax County and NCS Connects provides live activities to keep students engaged and entertained during after-school hours each weekday from 3-6 p.m. for students in grades 1-6 and 7-12.
  • The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has created a resources center that provides facts, trainings, research, and answers frequently asked questions by parents on family issues such as suicide, trauma, bullying, substance use and various mental illnesses such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, and autism.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares helpful resources and information for parents on some of the most common safety problems novice teen drivers should avoid and how they can help to educate their teens before they hand them the keys.
  • Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) takes on a coordinated approach to Child health and brings together programs, modules, and resources for parents with children grades K-8th
  • NetSmartz is National Center on Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has developed a free online safety education program with age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children how to be safer online, prevent victimization, and make safer choices on- and offline.
  • The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the White House have partnered on a Keep Kids Safer Online webinar to empower parents to take the pledge to  do what they canto help safeguard the children in their life.
  • The Innovation in Child and Family Wellness Research Group at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)  has developed the Rise Above  program which is a Trauma-InformedSocial-Emotional Learning and Substance Use Prevention Program that utilizes social-emotional learning to help youth cultivate life skills to help them overcome and thrive.
  • The Trauma Informed Care Network (TICN) of Greater Prince William has been established to educate our lay community, teachers, professionals and all others on how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma can affect the development of children even before they are born. ACEs trainings provide individuals with the information needed to help deliver trauma-informed care and a trauma-informed approach to engaging with members of our community especially our developing youth. To register for an upcoming training contact Heather Martinsen at hmartinsen@pwcgov.org.
  • The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) offers an introduction to Trauma and Resilience Webinar Series parts 1-5 designed to help understand trauma’s impact on health behaviors, how to build community and individual resilience. They also have a behavioral health Hub which shares new resources, tips, and thoughts related to behavioral health and self-care during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • The Resilience Institute offers a comprehensive set of tools and resources to build resilience from book reviews to interviews, infographics, podcasts, videos and more!
  • The American Psychological Association has published a roadmap for adapting to life-changing situations, trauma and stress.
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has created a list of Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents which include both non-screen time and screen time activities.
  • The Innovation in Child and Family Wellness Research Group at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)  has developed the Rise Above  program which is a Trauma-InformedSocial-Emotional Learning and Substance Use Prevention Program that utilizes social-emotional learning to help youth cultivate life skills to help them overcome and thrive.

Youth Prevention Resources

  • Want to Stay Above the influence and build a social environment for you that will help? Get connected with @abovetheinfluence on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and other platforms to see what the facts are saying and what other kids are doing to stay original, be yourself, stay drug-free and say no to the status quo!
  • Mental Health America has developed a Youth Screening Tool for young people (age 11-17) who are concerned that their emotions, attention, or behaviors might be signs of a problem and information, resources and tools to help you understand and improve your mental health.
  • Prince William County Community Services’ New Horizons program provide mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders therapeutic services as well as behavioral health wellness services to youth who are 18 or younger and their families an array of outpatient treatment options - therapeutic services at the Juvenile Detention Center, case management, discharge planning from state psychiatric hospitalizations and residential facilities as well as behavioral health wellness services for at-risk youth.
  • The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) is proud to announce the Empower Series —a collection of virtual events and workshops aimed to help youth empower themselves and others to make healthy choices.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has created a Mind Matters series of illustrated booklets with information on how opioids and prescription stimulants affect the brain
  • Children’s Regional Crisis Response (CR2) provides 24-hour rapid response to all youth (21 and younger) who may be facing a mental health and/or substance use crisis through phone screenings and face-to-face assessment, intervention, and support so you may continue with life as planned.
  • Natural High was developed for you to introduce you to storytellers like Terry Kennedy, Bethany Hamilton, Kelly Slater, and others to give you a glimpse of life behind the spotlight and be real about relatable life challenges through videos, discussions, and activities.
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a Mind Matters series of 9 illustrated booklets with information on how various substances affect the brain. These booklets are available in English and Spanish.
  • The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has created a series of resources and videos for teens and young adults that give you the facts on drugs. Check out these resources at Just Think Twice, Operation Prevention, and Get Smart About Drugs websites.
  • Youth Engaged 4 Change is the hub for inspiring stories from other youth, tips and advice, articles, videos, podcasts, and more that you can filter by topic to find the information and inspiration you need to make the best decisions for you to build a bright and healthy future - with career advice too!
  • TeenCentral is a website powered by KidsPeace as a free and safe prevention and intervention resource specifically for youth where you you can find information on a variety of topics. You can also submit a story or post about any crisis, problem or situation you’re struggling with and receive a therapeutic support response within 24 hours, safely, anonymously, and free of charge.
  • Rice University has created a series of 4 Crime Scene Investigation Web Adventure Virtual Games for High school students that allows you to take on the role of an investigator to solve a mystery using real-life criminology techniques!
  • Rice University has created a series of Web Adventure Virtual Games for Middle school students to learn more about the effects of alcohol and drugs on the brain and body systems.
  • SAMHSA has produced a  Drug-free music soundtrack on SoundCloud with some familiar artists sharing meaningful messages. They’re SO worth a listen!
  • The National Institution on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a Youtube Channel with quick videos that bring each drug topic to life and help reinforce key messages.
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has created award-winning podcasts, Prevention Profiles: Take Five, and interviews featuring campus substance misuse professionals, leaders, and government officials. New episodes are posted each month!
  • Fairfax County and NCS Connects provides Live Learning Activities during after-school hours each weekday from 3-6 p.m. for students in grades 1-6 and 7-12.
  • New Jersey hosts an annual music contest, SHOUT DOWN DRUGS, for student to write and perform original songs with a drug-free message. Check out the finalist’s songs here!
  • Prince William Healthy Communities, Health Youth (HCHY) has created a student L.E.A.D. Team to engage our community in prevention efforts and be a voice for change on behalf of their school and peers.
  • Youth Prevention Council is an extension of the Prevention Alliance of Greater Prince William Coalition where youth are empowered to recognize needs in their communities and given the platform, resources, and training to create positive change they can be proud of. There are no GPA requirements or prerequisites to join this council. An application, when available, can be found on the Prevention Alliance webpage .
  • 4-H, A Youth Development Education Program of Virginia Cooperative Extension, is rich with learning experiences, learn-by-doing projects, local club programs, and 4-H camps, as well as at county, district, state, and national events in which young people partner with caring adults in a fellowship that emphasizes 4-H's "learning by doing" philosophy of youth development.

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This Northern Virginia Family Resource Directory is provided as a free service to families and professionals by Formed Families Forward with financial support of SCAN of Northern Virginia. The Directory provides information and contact information for organizations, agencies and private practices offering programs, services and other resources for children, youth and families. There is a special focus on providers who serve families formed by adoption, foster care and kinship care who are raising children and youth with disabilities and other special needs.

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