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The Office of Wellness and Mental Health strives to provide education, tips, and current resources to assist and inform members of the NOVA community. If you know of additional resources not listed here, please forward them to wellness@nvcc.edu

This resource section offers a wealth of information about numerous topics; however, the Office of Wellness and Mental Health only endorses NOVA services included on this website. Reference in this site to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Northern Virginia Community College.


Visit the Advising and Counseling page for assistance with career, transfer, retention (academic success), and disability issues.

Campus Counseling Services: If you are a new student or have questions, a counselor will help guide you through the sometimes confusing administrative procedures and requirements. All NOVA campuses have counselors available by appointment or walk-in. Academic advising helps you to plan a program that will meet your educational objectives. If you cannot come to campus to meet with your advisor, Online Virtual Advising is available to you.

Speak With a Virtual Advisor: Virtual advisors are available by chat or email.  Please have your NOVA Student ID number available. Via Email: AcademicAdvising@nvcc.edu; emails are answered within 24 hours. Online Chat: Click on the Live Chat link to talk with a virtual advisor.

NOVA Online Tutoring: NOVA offers all students free online tutoring and written paper reviews through TUTOR.COM.  Most of these services are available on-demand 24x7. For more information on how to chat with a tutor, have writing reviewed in the Writing Center, see subjects and courses available for online tutoring, or use other tutoring services visit www.nvcc.edu/tutoring/online-tutoring.html. You can find the link to access TUTOR.COM after you log in to CANVAS.

StudentLingo offers students many topics to study through online workshops to help them to become successful. Academic Integrity topics include The Do’s and Don’ts of Academic Integrity and Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism.


Alcohol Education Basics Guide: Contains resources and educates the dangers of alcohol as well as provides a video called "30 Reasons to Quit Alcohol".

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Provides facts, research, online tools and media, public health objectives and surveillance, publications.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Use their knowledge to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems, including alcohol use disorder.

Virginia ABC Publications: Works to ensure that adults of legal drinking age who choose

to responsibly consume alcohol can do so in a safe environment that complies with the laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Get Smart About Drugs: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) resource for parents, educators, and caregivers. It is dedicated to removing drugs and criminals from communities, and fight the diversion of illegal drugs.

Just Think Twice: Provides street names of drugs, how it is taken, how it affects the body, and resources for getting help.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Supports and conducts basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved.

Operation Prevention: Mission is to educate and to kickstart lifesaving conversations to students about how opioids and heroin use can affect them negatively.

The Office of Attorney General: Has assembled a team of prosecutors to take down dealers, traffickers, and those who profit off addiction.

The Facts About Drugs - Student Guide: This website helps other teens make the right decision not to use drugs. We’ll be guiding you through the process of learning the facts about these drugs.

S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (Drugs of Abuse): Provides information about the harms and consequences of drug use by describing a drug’s effect on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts.

United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Enforces the controlled substance laws and regulations of the United States.

Alcohol Rehab Guide (ARG): ARG’s mission is to help people overcome alcoholism and have a team made up of people who overcame alcoholism and achieve long-term sobriety.

Drug-Free World: Empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make smart decisions and live a drug-free life. It provides free booklets and E-courses that contain interactive videos.

Drug Rehab: Equips patients and families with the best information, resources, and tools to
overcome an alcohol or drug addiction and pursue lifelong recovery.

Find an AA Meeting: Provides services and assists Alcoholics Anonymous ("AA") Groups in their common purpose of carrying the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

Find an NA Meeting: Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership. 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries today. It offers recovery from the effects of alcohol and drug addiction through working a twelve-step program.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: Addiction treatment experts have developed the field’s most trusted and comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient and outpatient rehab programs, sober living options, and recovery management and resources.

ULifeline: Provides students with non-threatening and supportive information. Designed to help students with alcoholism and drug addiction to get the help they need.

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services: Virginia's community services boards (CSBs) are the primary point of entry into the Commonwealth's public behavioral health and developmental services system.

Video - Mechanism of Drug Addiction in the BrainThis video goes into depth and shows images of how different drugs affect the brain and how or what causes drug overdoses to happen.

Video - 10 Side Effects of Drug Abuse: Informational video that starts off with showing a 24-hour addiction hotline and a substance abuse professional stating 10 side effects of drug abuse.

Video - What are 5 common signs of drug abuse: Provides information on 5 common signs of drug abuse and how they affect someone health-wise.

NOVA is committed to ensuring all students have an opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of the presence or absence of a disability. NOVA makes reasonable accommodations in providing the course, program, and building modification, and/or auxiliary aids and services in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. No academically qualified student with a disability will be denied access to or participation in the services, programs, and activities of the College.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.

We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.

Several factors may influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues.

Indicators of autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.

* In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association merged four distinct autism diagnoses into one umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They included autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.  

* Retrieved from “Autism Speaks” 7.23.19, https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

National Eating Disorders Association a non-profit, has a list of warning signs and symptoms of an expanded number of eating disorders, and resources to address them.  They also host a NEDA chat on Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and phone helpline at 1.800.931.2237 on Monday - Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) seeks to alleviate suffering and provide support for those struggling with eating disorders through their non-profit organization.  They have free services, as well as a helpline available from 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday at 630-577-1330, and a screening tool to help determine if it is time to seek professional care.

Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) is a non-profit committed to the practice of the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) Principles, ASDAH envisions a world that celebrates bodies of all shapes and sizes, in which body weight is no longer a source of discrimination and where oppressed communities have equal access to the resources and practices that support health and well-being.

Overeaters Anonymous is a community of people who support each other in order to recover from compulsive eating and food behaviors. We welcome everyone who feels they have a problem with food.  They offer podcasts, meetings and conventions, as well as other resources.

Diabulimia Hotline is a non-profit organization dedicated to education, support, and advocacy for people with diabetes and eating disorders, and their loved ones.  They have a 24 hour hotline available at 425.985.3635, as well as a referral service.

F.E.A.S.T. is an international non-profit organization of and for caregivers of loved ones suffering from eating disorders.  F.E.A.S.T. supports caregivers by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.


Sage + Spoon is a support group that is specifically for indigenous people and people of color who are struggling with body image & food. They also define themselves as a LGBT safe space, and provide general resources.


Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders (TFFED) is a collective of trans and gender diverse people who believe eating disorders in marginalized communities are social justice issues. Our mission is to make visible, interrupt, and undermine the disproportionately high incidence of eating disorders in trans and gender diverse individuals through radical community healing, recovery institution reform, empowerment, and education. 


Center For Discovery is a treatment facility specializing in outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient care for eating disorders and co-occurring suicidality and substance abuse disorders with locations in Fairfax, Alexandria and McLean.


Recovery Record is an evidence-based app for tracking symptoms and meals, provides coping skills and encouragement, and can be linked to a treatment team for further supports (available for Android and iPhone users).


  • Career Connection: Northern Virginia Community College Career Services is excited to

announce a new tool for students and employers. Students can access resources to develop and launch their careers while employers can directly recruit talented NOVA students and alumni.

as part of the comprehensive education and students services offered at the College. In accordance with the College Catalog, Career Services assist students with exploring, developing and setting goals related to each student's unique educational and academic needs.

Region (formerly the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board) outlines how we intend to improve the future for the workforce in the Virginia Career Works – Northern Region.

Fairfax Virginia Career Works Centers:

  • Annandale: Heritage Center, West Wing
    7611 Little River Turnpike
    Annandale, VA 22003
    703-533-5400, TTY 703-533-5316
    Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m
  • Alexandria: South County Center
    8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 327
    Alexandria, VA 22309
    703-704-6286, TTY 703-799-3435
    Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Reston: Lake Anne Center
    11484 Washington Plaza West
    Suite 110
    Reston, VA 20190
    703-787-4974, TTY 703-787-3166
    Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Prince William County Career Works Centers

  • Virginia Workforce Center-Prince William
    13370 Minnieville Road
    Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
    TTY: 703-583-6850
    Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Loudoun County Career Works Centers

  • Workforce Resource Center 102 Heritage Way, NE
    First floor, rear entrance
    Leesburg, VA 20176                                                                                                                              703-777-0150
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon

Employee Assistance Program: Sometimes you may need some extra help. If you have insurance through work, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free and confidential assistance. This is the DHRM page that lists the phone number for EAP for each insurance provider for State employees.

Tips and Resources on Classroom Management

Working With Students in Distress:

  • NOVA's Financial Stability Program: Gaining academic traction through financial stability. Most students today don’t have the simple luxury of just attending classes and then going home to study. Many of you have jobs, families, money worries, and car problems. Your financial challenges may make it seem like you are working harder to go forward only to find you’re stuck in place. But we want you to know there are resources and steps you can take to gain traction, earn your degree, and achieve financial stability.
  • TOGETHER Program: Free Couples Counseling Program, an evidence-informed program to build strong families and offers relationship and financial education, connection to community resources, and employment services to couples residing in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County. The program is led by dedicated and qualified professionals and involves a research component to evaluate the effectiveness of its services. Participants are randomly assigned to receive all or none of the services. However, all participants receive incentives (gift cards) for the completion of surveys.
  • Single Stop: Find money you qualify for and local help. Single Stop at NOVA is a "one-stop-shop" for students to get resources to assist in keeping them enrolled. Single Stop is an online program where students are screened for a variety of benefits, community resources and receive assistance in accessing those benefits. Some of these resources include:
  1. Child Care Services
  2. Energy Assistance
  3. Food Assistance (e.g. SNAP, W.I.C.)
  4. Health Care Coverage
  5. Immigration Assistance
  6. Legal Assistance, etc.
One Call Fairfax County Critical Services: Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities by providing a variety of recreation, educational and developmental programs, and services; by facilitating community engagement to identify areas of need and enhance countywide capacity for serving those needs; and by connecting residents with a broad spectrum of the county and community-based resources and services to help them be safe, be healthy and realize their potential.
  • The Alexandria Campus Food Pantry is open to all students who are homeless, hungry, unemployed or underemployed. Visit the Student Service Center, Bisdorf, AA194.
  • The Annandale Campus Food Pantry is open to the Annandale Campus community. If you need assistance with food, please contact: 703.323.2154 or 703.764.0122 and have your valid NOVA ID available. The food pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The Manassas Campus Food Pantry. Contact: Student Life Coordinator, at x43057 or Student Life Advisor, at x43046.
  • The Medical Education Campus (MEC) has a food pantry. Students are welcome to stop by Student Life in room 116 for information.
  • The Loudoun Campus Food Pantry: Loudoun Campus, Financial Aid Office, Reynolds Building, Room LR249I. Monday & Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 703.404.7310 for more information.
  • The Woodbridge Campus Food and Personal Items Pantry is located in the Seefeldt Building (WS), Room 138. The pantry is open on Mondays from 11:00am – 1:00pm and on Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00pm. The pantry is open to all students, faculty and staff in need. For any questions or concerns, call 703.878.5729.

Additional area resources for food (and more)

  • 211 Virginia: A community resource guide for Virginia residents. Dial 211 on your phone to get assistance or use their web-based search engine. 211 is a national program, replace Virginia with your state if you live outside of Virginia.
  • USDA Food Brochure for resources
  • Aunt Bertha: Search engine that searches by zip code for social services resources in your area
  • NOVA's Financial Stability Program: Gaining academic traction through financial stability. Most students today don’t have the simple luxury of just attending classes and then going home to study. Many of you have jobs, families, money worries, and car problems. Your financial challenges may make it seem like you are working harder to go forward only to find you’re stuck in place. But we want you to know there are resources and steps you can take to gain traction, earn your degree, and achieve financial stability.

Understanding Grief and Self-Care

Grief is a normal and multifaceted response to loss. While grief can often feel overwhelming, it is a natural emotional response that allows us to realize and (eventually) accept the loss of someone or something dear to us.

Everyone grieves differently and your reaction to loss will be as individual as you are. There is no "right way" or "wrong way" to grieve and no time frame for when you should be “over it”. You may find you do not grieve the same way in every situation. The most important thing you can do for yourself is to honor and allow what you are feeling and to find someone to talk with about your sadness. It is important not to isolate yourself. Suppressing, medicating or ignoring your feelings will only prolong the grief process.

Grief can affect us on an emotional, physical, and cognitive level. Below are some common grief responses you may experience.

Emotional Responses

  • Shock and disbelief- Feeling numb or feeling like you are in a dream state, especially when a loss is sudden and unexpected.
  • Sadness/ Depression/ Emptiness
  • Guilt -Wishing you had done or said something different.
  • Anger/Irritability- Towards anybody or everybody, including God and the person who died.
  • Fear- Death can make us contemplate our own mortality or we may fear our ability to handle our strong emotions.
  • Mood swings: Grief can sneak up on us when we least expect it, and we may feel that strong emotions come upon us out of the blue. This is a normal and common occurrence during the grieving process.

Physical Responses
Possible reactions to loss include fatigue, nausea, insomnia, decrease or increase in appetite, and physical aches and pains.

Cognitive Responses
Confusion/ Bad dreams /Forgetfulness/Trouble concentrating

Positive Coping

  • Give yourself time to grieve. One has to acknowledge the loss in order to adapt to it.
  • Talk about your feelings with people who are understanding and compassionate.
  • Avoid people who tell you to move on, get over it, or who want to tell you how you should be feeling.
  • Take care of yourself and express your needs to others. You have permission to decide what is right for you. Give yourself permission to change plans or make requests to fit your needs.
  • Find a way to express what you are feeling. Journal. Write letters to the deceased. Create your own memorial service or act of remembrance.
  • Be kind and compassionate to yourself. Grief is not something you “fix”, but it responds to self-care. Give yourself some attention.

If you are feeling isolated or that you cannot cope or are overwhelmed by the intensity of your emotions, NOVACares is here to help. Reach out to NOVACares.

Other Grief Support Resources

Funeral homes and places of worship also have grief support resources and may be able to help you locate a support group.

If you or someone you know is homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, there are emergency shelters and other community resources available.  

Approved Off-Campus Housing for Students: NOVA has approved housing options available

with several reputable and experienced housing service providers. Students can visit the Off-Campus Housing page for more information.

Northern Virginia Homeless Shelter List: Homeless shelters in suburban Virginia  

One Call Fairfax County Critical Services: Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities by providing a variety of recreation, educational and developmental programs, and services; by facilitating community engagement to identify areas of need and enhance countywide capacity for serving those needs; and by connecting residents with a broad spectrum of the county and community-based resources and services to help them be safe, be healthy and realize their potential.  

Printable pamphlet on Human Trafficking

National/Federal Resources

Support/Advocacy Groups

International Organizations

  • CNN Freedom Project: The CNN Freedom Projects provides informational videos on sex trafficking.
  • ECPAT: ECPAT supports the protection of children and empowerment of 109 members in 96 countries.
  • End Slavery Now: Partners with antislavery organizations in the United States and across the globe to aid human trafficking victims, as well as refugees and displaced persons.
  • European Commission (EU): Supports anti-trafficking actions through multiple funding streams, both within the EU and non EU countries and regions.
  • Exodus Cry – Every Person Should Be Free: Has a team that is dedicated to abolish sexual exploitation through cultural and legal reform, while assisting victims through outreach.
  • Free the Slaves: Raise awareness of modern day trafficking worldwide and support vulnerable communities through education, mobilization, and increasing access to educational services.
  • Free to Shine: Australia combating sex trafficking in South East Asia. Strengthens the families and communities they partner with so they can prioritize the safety of children.
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC): Helps governments react to the instability caused by crimes and emerging forms of crime such as human trafficking.

State Resources

15 Tips for Fighting Human Trafficking

Legislation: Human Trafficking Laws & Regulations

Foreign-Born/Multicultural Services:

Phone Numbers:

Lawyer Referral Services: (Pay $35-$50 for 30-minute initial consultation)

NOVA is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and diverse environment for our students to achieve their academic goals. We hope that our students and staff take advantage of LGBTQ support and resources both on and off campus. There are some clubs at various NOVA Campuses; please inquire with your campus Student Life Center for locations.

National Resources:


Regional Resources:

  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA): They work towards educating members, eliminating overt and covert oppression of the LGBT community.
  • Casa Ruby: Spanish/English resources for transgender and LGBPGIA+ communities.
  • National LGBTQ Task Force: The Task Force helps those fighting for their families, employment, health care, retirement, and more basic human rights.
  • Nice Jewish Girls D.C: This group is for lesbian, bisexual, queer, and "questioning" Jewish women of the metro Washington, DC, area.
  • PFLAG: An organization that supports, educates, and advocates for the LGBTQ youth.
  • TGEA: Provides therapists and support groups around the DC metro area and are a non-profit organization.
  • The DC LGBT Center: Focuses on health and wellness, art & culture, social and peer support, and advocacy and community building.

Virginia Resources:

  • Equality Virginia: An advocacy organization in Virginia seeking equality for the LGBTQ community to feel safe, welcoming, and equal to live and work.
  • MAGIC: Transgender support group. Meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 8 pm on the third floor of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church.
  • Side By Side: Shares community alerts that affects the LGBTQ youth in Virginia. It trains teachers and other youth service providers on how to make their programs more inclusive for the LGBTQ youth.  
  • Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance: Sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy organization that provides the expertise needed to ensure an effective response and also offer resources for making informed choices.
  • Vocal: Seven Partnership Planning Regions in Virginia. Vocal is an organization for LGBTQ individuals that embrace their mental health challenges and work together to heal communities.
  • AGLA: Provides many resources in the Northern Virginia area.
  • Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance (resource page): Grassroots membership organization that strives to improve the quality of life and meet the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gueer or questioning (LGBTQ) community and allies.
  • NOVA Pride: Non-political organization and focuses on being ego-free and accessible for everyone in the area.
  • Safe Space NOVA: Protect the youth from bullying, substance abuse, and other challenges faced by the LGBTQ youth by providing a positive environment and welcoming staff that uplift and encourage them.
  • Black Women’s Health Imperative: Organization advancing health equity and social justice for Black women through policy, advocacy, education, research and leadership development.
  • HealthWorks for Northern Virginia: A nonprofit, Federally Qualified Health Center created to provide health care in a medical home setting to those who have limited or no health insurance with locations in Herndon and Leesburg.  Serves patients with and without insurance.
  • Getting to Zero Initiative (HIV and STI Testing) Alexandria Health Department (AHD) is taking important steps to combat this growing issue. AHD has developed a City-wide HIV initiative: "Getting to Zero," with the aim of achieving Zero Infections | Zero HIV Deaths  
  • Ryan White Funded Medical Services for HIV/AIDS (Free or Reduced Cost): If you have a modest income and are uninsured or underinsured, you may qualify for free or reduced-fee care from one of the following Ryan White funded service providers: AIDS Response Effort (ARE), Winchester & Northwest
  • NVFS connects children and adults with free or reduced-cost medical and dental care, as well as prescription medications. This helps families and individuals maintain good health, avoid more serious and costly health issues, and focus on higher-level needs.
  • Neighborhood Health: An organizational culture of inclusiveness along with the willingness to be bold in our decision-making process. Neighborhood Health wants to be your medical home. Our full-service clinics conveniently offer medical, dental and behavioral health services. It offers a sliding scale for those without medical insurance.
  • gov: As a college student, you have several options available to you that counts as "qualifying health coverage". With a range of plan types and costs to choose from, it's not hard to find health insurance that works for your life and your budget.
  • Humana: Variety of affordable options available by using zip code. Read about a few of your options to help decide which one might be best for you.
  • AlphaTelemed: Excellent affordable health care and mental health services 24/7 on your smartphone, computer, or tablet at your fingertips. 


Because Northern Virginia Community College is unable to provide campus-based mental health services for our students, we have created a database of mental health professionals available throughout the Northern Virginia, DC, Maryland area who are licensed to provide psychotherapy and medication management. The Mental Health Provider database allows you to search for a provider by discipline, specialty, gender identification, insurances accepted, location and public transportation accessibility. We suggest that you click on a provider to explore their personal statement to get a better idea of which ones might be the best fit for you. The NOVA Mental Health Provider Home Page also includes information on how to choose a therapist and offers information and resources for addressing grief, substance abuse, Veteran’s concerns and LGBTQ support.

Providers *Some may offer free services or sliding scale fees.

  • Community Services Board - Alexandria
    703.746.3401 (emergency) or 703.746.3400, Option #1
  • Community Services Board - Arlington
    703.228.5160 (emergency) or 703.228.4864
  • Community Services Board - Fairfax/Falls Church
    703.573.5679 (emergency) or 703.383.8500
  • Community Services Board - Loudoun
    703.777.0320 (emergency) or 703.771.5155
  • Community Services Board - Prince William/Manassas
    703.792.7800 (Manassas) or 703.792.4900 (Woodbridge)
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (all areas)
  • Korean Community Service Center (Hope Clinic)
    703.354.6345 x106
  • Northern Virginia Family Service (Multicultural Center)
  • Crisis Link
    (serving all areas) 703.531.6302 or 800.273.8255 (emergency -- call or text)
  • GMU Center for Psychological Services
  • Virginia Tech Center for Family Services
  • GW Art Therapy Clinic
  • GW Counseling Services Center 
  • Washington School of Psychiatry (Meyer Treatment Center) 
  • The Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington 
    703.761.2225 English and Korean Providers
  • Association of Black Psychologists Directory is comprised of Psychologists who are members of The Association of Black Psychologists who own and operate their own private practice business or are employed as therapists, and have elected to participate in this directory. 
  • Innopsych Find a therapist of color. Our therapists are dedicated to eradicating the negative stigma around therapy and opening doors for people of color to get the support they need to cope with life’s challenges. 
  • Psychology Today Directory of African American Therapists
  • NOVACares Mental Health Provider Database
  • NVFS  SERVE Campus
  • Inova Psychiatric Assessment Center (IPAC)
    703.289.7560 The IPAC office is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The IPAC office is closed for all major holidays. We also close early at 3:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month, with the last registration accepted at 2:00 p.m. The IPAC office is for urgent, walk-in, psychiatric assessments; no appointment is needed. Please bring your ID, insurance card and a list of current medications. Payment is due at the time of service.
  • Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a group aimed at removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.
  • Black Men Heal offers limited and selective free mental health service opportunities for Black men.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance 410.338.2642
    Provides information and resources and a "Find a Therapist" locator to connect with a culturally competent mental health professional.
  • Black Mental Wellness provides access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, as well as training opportunities for students and professionals.
  • Brother You’re on My Mind is an initiative launched by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and NIMHD to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect Black men and families. Website offers an online toolkit that provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters with the materials needed to educate fellow fraternity brothers and community members on depression and stress in Black men.
  • U-LIFELINE is a website for college students providing information on mental health and emotional wellness with community and campus resources. Additionally, ULifeline’s Self Evaluator can help individuals find out if a mental health issue such as depression or an anxiety disorder could be impacting their thoughts, feelings or behaviors. All self-evaluations are confidential.
  • TOGETHER Program - Free Couples Counseling is an evidence-informed program to build strong families and offers relationship and financial education, connection to community resources, and employment services to couples residing in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County. The program is led by dedicated and qualified professionals and involves a research component to evaluate the effectiveness of its services. Participants are randomly assigned to receive all or none of the services. However, all participants receive incentives (gift cards) for the completion of surveys.
  • Melanin and Mental Health connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. Promotes the growth and healing of diverse communities through its website, online directory and events.
  • Ourselves Black provides information on promoting mental health and developing positive coping mechanisms through a podcast, online magazine and online discussion groups.
  • POC Online Classroom contains readings on the importance of self-care, mental health care, and healing for people of color and within activist movements.
  • Postpartum Depression Resources and Support Group is a volunteer organization devoted to providing social support and resources to women and their families. We will return your call or email as quickly as we can, but we cannot provide an immediate response in an emergency.
  • Start Your Recovery is a FREE, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. It was developed with the input of leading clinicians, experts from the White House and SAMHSA, and people in recovery themselves. Here, veterans can hear stories from people with similar life experiences and find the answers they need for recognizing and dealing with substance use issues.
  • Panic Attacks Information
    Provides information for those trying to assist someone having a panic attack.
  • Sista Afya is an organization that provides mental wellness education, resource connection and community support for Black
  • Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Offers listing of mental health professionals across the country who provide high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls, an informational podcast and an online support community.
  • The SIWE Project is a non-profit dedicated to promoting mental health awareness throughout the global Black community.
  • The Steve Fund is an organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.
  • Unapologetically Us is an online community for Black women to seek support.
  • AlphaTelemed: Affordable health care and mental health services 24/7 on your smartphone, computer, or tablet at your fingertips.

Stress Basics – Definition by Mayo Clinic Staff

Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever-increasing demands of life. Surveys show that many Americans experience challenges with stress at some point during the year.

Your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response. This has been labeled the "fight-or-flight" response.

Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal relaxed state. Unfortunately, the nonstop stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off.

Stress management is important. Stress management gives you a range of tools to reset your alarm system.

Your body is always on high alert without stress management. Over time, high levels of stress can lead to serious health problems. Don't wait until stress has a negative impact on your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing a range of stress management techniques today.

Mayo Clinic Staff

Is a website devoted to college students who are experiencing stressors and emotional challenges that often come with campus life. Testimonials, resources, and coping strategies are offered to students to remind them that they are not alone in their struggles.

It is a website for emerging adults to access information, resources, and tools during tough times. Help yourself and others by sharing what you know.

Stress Relief Apps:  Apps to try out for stress relief. NOVA does not endorse any of the apps. This information is for educational purposes only.  To download the apps Visit the iTunes or Google Play Store.

1st 10 sessions are free and you can re-listen to them over and over. Beware that if you click to a different topic and return to the previous one, you'll have to start the session over.

Free for the 1st month, helps you keep score of how many minutes achieved each day.

Daily calm is a 10 min program, also have nature sounds for unguided meditation with or without a timer, has 3 and 25 min sessions.

Was last year’s Google Play editor's choice, Get 2 billion minutes free, the only reason to pay is if you want to be able to download it and use it without an internet connection.

Can choose which age group including meditation for young children, Lisa likes the Australian accent

CBT based, developed by psychologists

For “fidgety skeptics”, get 7 sessions of an introductory course, can choose topics like "happiness for grumpy people"

Takes into account time of day, what's your mood, how much time you have and will recommend a session, get about 53 free sessions with many different narrators.

If you or someone you know is in crisis now - please call NOVA Police at 703-764-5000 or dial 911 if you are off campus. NOVA Police Officers are trained to safely and respectfully respond to assess and appropriately intervene to assist suicidal individuals. 

American Foundation for Suicide PreventionEstablished in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:

  • Funding scientific research
  • Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
  • Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
  • Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255, Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week, Languages: English, Spanish

PRS Crisis Link Hotline: NOVA area suicide and stress hotline. We’re here 24/7. Call us. 703.527.4077 or 1.800.273.TALK (8255)  If you use TTY, Please dial 7-1-1. We’re here 24/7. Text us:  CONNECT to 85511

  • suicidal thoughts
  • physical illness
  • information about suicide relationship problems
  • to help another person
  • family problems find help after a disaster
  • help for veterans
  • information on mental health/illness homelessness • abuse/violence
  • loneliness substance abuse
  • family problems
  • sexual orientation issues depression
  • financial problems
  • teen issues

Suicide Prevention in College: This website offers a wealth of information about suicide, however, NOVACares does not endorse any services offered on the site.

NOVA is committed to serving our veteran students and their families by ensuring they have access to a wealth of support. Virginia Veteran & Family Support (VVFS), formerly known as the Wounded Warriors Program, provides each campus with peer specialists who can meet with students individually on or off campus.

  • NOVA’s Office of Military and Veterans Services: Our office and the Military and Program Advisors provide guidance on certification requirements and act as liaisons between NOVA and the Department of Veterans Affairs, while assisting you in your transition from the military to being a student. In addition to you using your educational benefits, our goal and mission is centered on our students' success in their academic studies; which includes making sure each recipient understands the policies and regulations of each benefit.
  • Virginia Veteran & Family Support (VVFS) 786.0286 (statewide)
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 800.273.8255
  • Veteran PTSD Info
  • Start Your Recovery: Start your recovery is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. It was developed with the input of leading clinicians, experts from the White House and SAMHSA, and people in recovery themselves. Here, veterans can hear stories from people with similar life experiences and find the answers they need for recognizing and dealing with substance use issues.
  • Make the Connection: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched Make the Connection in 2011 to help Veterans recognize mental health challenges they may be experiencing and encourage them to seek support and can find reliable information on how to cope with challenges such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma and transitioning from service. The site is free and accessible to everyone.
  • Transitioning from Service: Advice and Resources for Veterans
  • Succeeding in School: Advice and Resources for Transitioning to Higher Education
  • Social Isolation: Signs and Resources to Address Social Withdrawal
  • Warrior Care: The mission of the Office of Warrior Care Policy (WCP) is to proactively support wounded, ill and injured Service members in their recovery and reintegration or transition to civilian life. To achieve this, WCP focuses on its vision to ensure the nation’s wounded, ill and injured Service members, their families and caregivers are not forgotten.
  • Virginia Career Works: Eligible veterans and their spouses will receive priority for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Services. Follow the steps on the WIOA Program page and notify the screener you are a veteran or eligible spouse to expedite services.
  • Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide (PDF)