Prevention

Prevention

Prevention

RACSB Prevention Services seek to reduce the problems related to alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use while encouraging mental wellness. Efforts to inform the community of the problems associated with these issues are combined with offering evidence-based curriculums in partnership with local schools, daycares, community groups, and non-profit organizations.  

Prevention Services work to reduce individual, family, and environmental risk factors while increasing resiliency and enhancing protective factors. We recognize that achieving comprehensive community wellness requires a collaborative approach.

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is utilized to assess community needs related to the prevention of substance use disorders and promotion of mental health. The Prevention Team helps to plan and implement evidence-based strategies and engage in evaluation following the implementation of these strategies.

To learn more, please call: 540-374-3337.

  • Resilience
    We are shaped by our experiences and our environments. It’s how we interpret the world around us that can shape our development. With that in mind, what does it mean to be resilient? We often think resilience is something that just comes naturally. However, resilience needs to be taught and modeled. Resilience is how we…
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  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
    Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Participants learn to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. The training is for individuals 18 or older. Register Now Find a training flyer here. 
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  • Understanding ACEs and Community Resilience
     Nearly 50% of American children have had an adverse experience before the age of 18. And, on average, people who experienced six or more traumatic situations in their childhood live about 20 years less than those with no trauma. Scientists have been studying Adverse Childhood Experiences for years, and the research shows that children who live in…
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  • Youth Prevention Programs
    RACSB Prevention Services partner with schools, community groups, and others in the community to provide a variety of curriculums to prevent youth from using and abusing substances. We also support social-emotional development in youth. DARE to Be You The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board offers the exciting family education program, DARE To Be You. Through…
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  • Suicide Prevention
    Mental Health First Aid Register Online Just like CPR, we want everyone to take the Mental Health First Aid training. It’s an education program designed to provide our community with the skills needed to recognize mental health challenges and to safely respond to an individual in crisis. Introduces risk factors and warning signs of mental…
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  • Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block
    We all have different learning styles. We know through the continued success of programs like Sesame Street and other popular kid’s networks, children relate to and love puppets. Our community is fortunate to have the Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block youth puppet prevention education program. The 3½ foot tall “puppet kids” discuss important (and…
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  • Healthy Families Rappahannock Area
    Wouldn’t it be nice if babies came with instruction manuals? Parenting is hard. Can you imagine the additional stress of single parenting, inadequate income, domestic violence, limited education, or having to raise a child or children from the memories of your own unpleasant childhood? Healthy Families Rappahannock Area (HFRA) is a living, breathing manual that…
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  • Mental Health First Aid
    Register Online Just like CPR, we want everyone to take the Mental Health First Aid training. It’s an education program designed to provide our community with the skills needed to recognize mental health challenges and to safely respond to an individual in crisis. Mental Health First Aid; -          Introduces risk factors and warning signs of…
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Featured News

  • Safely Toss Your Old Meds

    Unused and expired medications left in the home can lead to accidental poisoning. They can become an easy source for those seeking to misuse or abuse medication. We encourage everyone to safely dispose of medications. This does not mean flushing down the toilet or simply…

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  • We all have a role in preventing suicide

    September is recognized annually as Suicide Prevention Month. This year, we were able to increase suicide alertness efforts in collaboration with the local school divisions. This was in part due to the Virginia Department of Education selecting one of our local suicide prevention initiatives, Lock…

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  • 5 Ways to Observe Overdose Awareness Day

    Opioids claimed the lives of more than 1,900 people in Virginia last year, according to reports from the Virginia Department of Health. Locally, community partners are coming together to remember loved ones lost and to continue their efforts to end overdose. August 31 is annually…

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