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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.

  • 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.
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  • 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 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 health challenges…
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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
    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 mental health…
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Cindy and Dan loved looking at paintings on the opening day of the Art of Recovery exhibit at PONSHOP. They participate in our community engagement group that is part of Rappahannock Adult Activities - RAAI.
If you would like to check out the artwork created by individuals with mental illness, it's up through May 27 at PONSHOP Studio and Gallery, 712 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg.
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if you need to recover tomorrow after the Historic Half, hop (or crawl) over to PONSHOP and check out the Art of Recovery, an exhibit of art by adults with mental illness. If you're avoiding the city because of race traffic, the exhibit will be on display through May 27. ... See MoreSee Less

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  • Mental Health First Aid

    Important Training Provides the Tools Needed to Save Lives Traditional first aid training teaches participants to perform CPR or create a tourniquet to save lives. Mental Health First Aid provides the skills to help during a mental health crisis. The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board…

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  • Overcoming the Odds

    An upcoming event will help community members learn more about the effects of abuse and neglect—and will highlight ways to overcome the repercussions. This free training will feature guest speakers Sean Smith and Xavier Richardson. Sean, a high school senior, will share how he defied…

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  • REVIVE! 2019

    Nearly 600 Virginians died from opioid overdoses in the first half of 2018. In the past few years, drug overdoses took more lives than car crashes or guns. In an effort to stem the rising tide of deaths, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board now offers…

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