Prevention Services is dedicated to the prevention of suicide and substance use within James City County, City of Poquoson, City of Williamsburg and York County. Our goal is to help cultivate a healthier and more connected community through education and outreach to the leaders and youth of our community.
We focus on suicide and substance use education and prevention through evidence-based trainings and community cultivated lectures, and offer more advanced trainings such as Mental Health First Aid (Adult/Youth) and LivingWorks ASIST.
Prevention Services also participates in outreach campaigns and partnerships with other community members such as Lock and Talk, Tobacco Merchant Education, the Historic Triangle Drug Prevention Coalition, SAFE Kids and many more.
Read the Substance Abuse Prevention Block Grant FY2020 Annual Report to see the impact of Prevention Services in our community.
A strength of prevention work is having a strong connection to the community we serve. Our program offers to attend community events and can participate in a variety of ways. Participation can include informational tables, activities for youth and group presentations.
If you would like us to participate in a community event contact us.
Counter Tools is a Tobacco Merchant Education project that addresses the prevention of tobacco product sales to anyone under the age of 21. This is an annual event to educate tobacco retailers in our service area on Virginia’s tobacco laws and provide training materials and signage for their establishment.
Prevention Services partners with local agencies to address prevention needs in our community. This team is need-based and action oriented. Topics such as substance use and suicide prevention have been focus areas. If you are interested in joining our team or sharing prevention resources contact us.
Greater Williamsburg Trauma-Informed Community Network (GW-TICN) mission is supporting a trauma-aware, resilient and compassionate community.
To learn more about the GW-TICN and its efforts, visit their website.
Historic Triangle Drug Prevention Coalition's (HTDPC) mission is to have a coordinated and collaborative approach to prevention, education and advocacy to decrease the negative impacts of substance use in the counties of James City and York and cities of Poquoson and Williamsburg.
To learn more about the HTDPC and its efforts, visit their website.
National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) - Williamsburg
NAMI - Williamsburg is a support, education and advocacy organization for and by individuals with serious mental illnesses, their families and friends.
To learn more about NAMI - Williamsburg and its efforts, visit their website.
Safe Kids - Historic Triangle Williamsburg
Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.
To learn more about Safe Kids and its efforts, visit their website.
Lock and Talk Virginia is a suicide prevention initiative promoting safe and responsible care of lethal means (firearm safety, safe medication storage), while encouraging community conversations around mental wellness.
Some of the materials that we distribute to individuals include trigger locks, medication lock boxes, Lock and Talk posters and brochures.
Depression 101, is a community-based presentation focusing on the signs and symptoms of depression, its causes and risks factors and where to go for help.
Community-based presentation on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs - their side-effects, the warnings signs of misuse, how to safety store and dispose, online parent resources and where to go for help.
Community-based presentation on stimulant drugs - types, use and side-effects, the warnings signs of misuse, how to safety store and dispose, online parent resources and where to go for help.
Talk Saves Lives is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.
- Prevention Services Newsletter - July 2021
- Prevention Services Newsletter - June 2021
- Prevention Services Newsletter - May 2021
- Prevention Services Newsletter - April 2021
- Scattering CJ: Free Virtual Screening (May 5 & 12)
- National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (April 24)
- Stimulant Drugs - Free Virtual Presenation (March 30)
- Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs - Free Virtual Presentation (March 25)
- Free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)-Youth Training (March 12 and 25)
- Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs - Free Virtual Presentation
- Scattering CJ - Free Virtual Screening (Jan. 13, 2021 at 12pm)
- Prevention Services Newsletter - November 2020
- Aetna Waives Co-pay for Opioid Overdose Drug
- Blackouts from College Binge Drinking Lead to Costly Emergency Room Visits
- Smoking Marijuana and Driving
- Teen Substance Abuse Expert Sees Dark Side of Opioid Abuse
- Why Teens are Wired for Risk
- Whip-Its Again Becoming Popular Among Teens, Experts Say
- "Said No Teen Ever"
- Above the Influence
- Partnership for Drug-Free America
- Parents: the Anti-Drug
- The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY)
- Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
- Monitoring the Future
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.