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May 5, 2016

Mental Health 10 Tips
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APS Mental Health Crisis Button

The Arlington Public School's home page now includes a "In Crisis/Need Help Now?" button that directs you to mental health supports across the county. 

Arlington Behavioral Healthcare Services:

  • Emergency Line: 703-228-5160
  • General Number: 703-228-1560

Additional Resources:

  • Crisis Link Regional Hot Line: 703-527-4077
  • National Hope Line: 1-800-SUICIDE
  • LGBTQ Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386  
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Text: CONNECT to 85511

Mental Wellbeing is important to us...

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APCYF and the Mental Wellbeing Rountable supports Arlington children and teens who may struggle with mental health and substance use issues.  Please take a moment to answer a short questionnaire that will assist us in assessing and prioritizing community needs and program development.



Teen Network Board Seeking Members for Next Year!

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Do you know an Arlington High School Student who would be interested in this opportunity?  Please share this with them:

Meet teens from all over Arlington. Share your opinions, ideas & issues. Give advice to County officials & community leaders. The Arlington TNB is a County & School Board-appointed teen advocacy group comprised of Arlington high school students. Students from different backgrounds and parts of Arlington provide a county-wide voice for Arlington teens. We talk about issues, make recommendations, and take action to improve the lives of Arlington youth. If you live or go to high school in Arlington, you are eligible.


Out-of-School Time Asset Building Brown Bag Series

Connecting with Kids – Building Positive, Supportive Relationships with Kids

Friday, May 13, 11:45am-1:15pm

Parks & Natural Resource Building

2700 S. Taylor Street

Research is clear that having positive adults in the lives of a young person reduces risk-taking behavior. But what does such a relationship look like? And how do you build those when you have 30+ other kids vying for your attention? Part information, part inspiration, this session will provide fundamentals of building positive, supportive relationships with young people in programs.

Click to register for the BROWN BAG NOW.

Mission Possible

Arlington’s READY Coalition to reduce teen alcohol and drug use, the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, and the Arlington Department of Human Services – Child and Family Services invites you to learn to more about:

  • Signs of youth substance use --- what to be aware of and look for
  • Tips for talking to middle schoolers about substance use and ways to help them stay safe
  • Arlington’s Second Chance substance abuse education and intervention program

When:  Monday, May 16th, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served!

Where:  Kenmore Middle School Black Box Theater, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington

This FREE event is planned for:

  • Parents of middle schoolers, grandparents, and other adult family members
  • Teachers and others who work with middle schoolers
  • Any adult who loves middle schoolers!


Lean in and listen

Call for Presenters

We are seeking knowledgeable and outgoing youth and adults to present workshops, or serve on youth panels for the 2016 Out of School Time Developmental Assets® Conference to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

The conference theme is “Youth Voice: Lean in and Listen”. We are looking for workshop presenters & youth panelists who can share real-world successes and struggles in engaging young people in real and relevant ways.

Workshop sessions are facilitator-led and are designed to share successful strategies, practices, and ideas that participants can take and use in their work with youth. They can be led by youth and/or adults. Click here to learn more about WORKSHOPS!

Youth Panel sessions are designed to foster open discussion between youth panelists and the audience. Panels are youth-led and based on a specific topic area. Click here to learn more about YOUTH PANELS!

If you would like to discuss ideas for a workshop or panel, or want more information about Developmental Assets®, please contact Michael Swisher at mswish@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-1671.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • May 6 9:30am Mental Health First Aid Training REGISTER
  • May 6 9:00pm Second Chance, Sequoia Room A
  • May 6 11:00pm Data Committee, Sequoia Room A
  • May 9 9:00am Assets Committee, Sequoia Room A
  • May 10 4:00pm READY Coalition, Sequoia Room A
  • May 11 12:00pm Communications Committee, SKYPE/GoToMeeting
  • May 12 6:30pm APS Whole Child Working Group, Education Center 101a/b
  • May 13 9:30am Mental Health First Aid Training REGISTER
  • May 13 11:45am OST Asset Brown Bag at Parks & Natural Resources Bldg. REGISTER
  • May 16 6:30pm READY Coalition Mission Possible, Kenmore Middle School REGISTER
  • May 17 6:30pm Teen Network Board Meeting, Central Library

NOTE: May 25 5:30 - 9:00 - APCYF RETREAT at Arlington Mill. All are welcome to attend!

For information on our committees and how to get involved, call 703-228-1667.

Contact Information

Chair: Devanshi Patel
Vice Chair: Dave Carlson

General Information: Kim Durand, Coordinator 703-228-1667
Teen Network Board: Siobhan Grayson, Youth Outreach 703-228-1506
Data Questions: Rebecca Hjelm, Data Specialist 703-228-1683
Website Updates and Information: Sally LaBonte, Website 703-228-1669
Developmental Assets: Michael Swisher, Assets Liaison 703-228-1671

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