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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. […]

Supporting Someone Whose Child Has a Mental Health Condition

Supporting Someone Whose Child Has a Mental Health Condition

In an area filled with high achieving students, parents and school systems, people can sometimes overlook the challenges faced by families in which a child has a mental health condition. Acquaintances often respond negatively or dismissively when someone discloses that his or her son or […]

Make Your Own Mental Health Crisis Kit

Make Your Own Mental Health Crisis Kit

When you have depression or another mental health condition, you often cannot predict when you will find yourself struggling. A Mental Health Crisis Kit is a collection of comforting items you can carry with you or have on hand for those situations. Suggestions to place […]

Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders

Thank you to DrugRehab.com, a web resource that provides information about addiction and mental health issues, which replied to last week’s post. Please see below to learn more about depression and how it often occurs along with a substance use disorder. In general, health care […]

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2017

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2017

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2017 (October 1st through 7th) is here! According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, while one in five teens lives with a mental health condition, less than half of them receive treatment. Depression is a serious illness that requires medical […]

Plan D NoVA Flyer to Make Its Debut!

Plan D NoVA Flyer to Make Its Debut!

Just in time for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) Recovery Resource Open House, PlanDNoVa’s flyer is ready for distribution.  The Open House will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 27th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at CSB’s Merrifield Center, located at 8221 Willow […]

Plan D NOVA– Welcome to the World…Wide Web

Plan D NOVA– Welcome to the World…Wide Web

Welcome to Emma’s Gold Award Project! I have created a website, Plan D (for Depression) NOVA, that will help teenagers in Northern Virginia who are experiencing a mental health crisis and their families locate the resources they need for recovery in a single location that […]