Suicide Prevention Resources
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Older Virginians Mental Health Month
Join SPAN (Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia) for a Suicide Prevention Forum on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via GoToWebinar. The forum, Strengthening Resiliency & Preventing Suicide During COVID-19: A Conversation with Experts, will be a discussion on how we can continue to build our individual and collective resiliency and equip you with some ways to talk about mental health with your friends, families and neighbors. Get the details here.
Mental Health Treatment to Help Prevent Suicide
Access to mental health services is a critical component of a comprehensive approach to preventing suicide. Loudoun County has many resources available.
Services / Resources
In addition to the outpatient services and prevention and intervention services provided by Loudoun County’s Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services, there are many other mental health resources available for people in Loudoun.
Other services include, but are not limited to:
- Lock and Talk Virginia: The suicide prevention program offers free locking devices for guns and medication.To obtain trigger locks and cable locks for guns and lock boxes for medications, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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. One set of classes is intended for adults who work with youth.
- 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:
102 Heritage Way NE
Leesburg, VA 20176
This center 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 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily with mental health professionals available for anyone in crisis. Non-emergency appointments 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.
Important Phone Numbers
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.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call 703-777-0320. The phone number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In an emergency, call 911 and ask for a Crisis Intervention Team deputy or officer.