Plan D NOVA

Plan D NOVA

Depression and Other Mental Health Resources for Northern Virginia Youth

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Ways to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse

Ways to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, individuals diagnosed with mood or anxiety disorders, including depression, are twice as likely to suffer from substance dependence as the general public. Prevention is much easier than treating addiction and there are many ways to educate and […]

Practicing Self-Care

Practicing Self-Care

When you are dealing with a mental health condition, being kind to and taking care of yourself can sometimes feel impossible. There are many easy ways to practice self-care, including the thirteen that appear below. 1. Take screenshots of messages from loved ones or friends, […]

Planning for Mental Health Care Costs

Planning for Mental Health Care Costs

According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the second leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020 and the largest contributor to disease burden a decade later.  There are numerous mental health treatment options. Once you have identified the best one for your specific […]

Participate in a Mental Health Research Study

Participate in a Mental Health Research Study

Participating in research is one of the best ways to improve mental health care. Often it helps individuals understand their own mental health conditions better and sometimes it provides medical care at no or a reduced cost. Informed consent, a process of ongoing communication between […]

Special Needs and Depression

Special Needs and Depression

A 2012 study found that while approximately 6 percent of the general population experiences depression in any one year, up to 20 percent of those with learning disabilities do so. Youth with special needs other than depression are at a higher risk for the latter […]

Combatting Depression with Laughter

Combatting Depression with Laughter

Studies have shown that laughter can powerfully affect physical and emotional health. It produces serotonin, which many scientists believe maintains mood balance, and creates additional endorphins, which act as both an analgesic and a sedative. In addition to serving as an effective distraction from anxiety, […]

Disclosing Your Depression to Others

Disclosing Your Depression to Others

One reason to tell family and friends about your depression (or other mental health condition) is to receive encouragement and support, such as assistance in finding treatment or getting rides to your appointments. There is no right or wrong number of people to inform. If […]

Fairfax County Youth Survey Results and Depression

Fairfax County Youth Survey Results and Depression

The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a comprehensive, anonymous, voluntary survey given yearly to 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th Grade students. A collaboration between the Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools, it examines behaviors, experiences and other factors that influence the health and […]

Building Resilience

Building Resilience

Resilience is what allows people to adapt to adversity, trauma, tragedy and stress. Studies show that having caring and supportive relationships both within and outside of your family is the primary component in the ability to be resilient. Additional factors associated with resilience are the […]

Depression 101

Depression 101

Anyone can develop a mental health problem. It is never your or your family’s fault. Depression usually begins between the ages of 15 and 30. In teenagers, feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy can develop over grades, social status with peers, sexual orientation and/or family life. […]