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 Northern Virginia Community College.
- Academic Success
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Autism Spectrum
- Eating Disorders
- Faculty and Staff
- Food Pantries
- Grief and Loss
- Human Trafficking
- Legal Resources
- Medical/Health Care
- Mental Health
- Stress Management
- Suicide Prevention
- Visit the Advising and Counseling page for counseling support for 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 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: On-Demand Student Success Workshops - StudentLingo offers the student many topics for study through online workshops to help them to become successful students. Academic Integrity topics include: The Do’s and Don’ts of Academic Integrity and Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism.
- Chegg Tutors: Chegg offers tutoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a per lesson or monthly basis on a variety of topics. You choose the plan that works best for you.
- Tutor Me: Tutor Me offers a free, 30-minute live trial tutoring session. Services are 1-on-1 and are archived for you to review at your convenience on over 300 topics across all academic levels.
- 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.
- Start Your Recovery: A free, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol.
- 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.
- 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.
- United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Enforces the controlled substance laws and regulations of the United States.
- Drugs of Abuse (PDF): US DEA 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.
- Addiction Treatment Division: Free service to assist users in connecting with drug rehab treatment facilities.
- 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.
- Northern Virginia Intergroup (AA): In-person services are temporarily suspended, but curbside pick-up of materials is available, as well as a 24/7 hotline at 703.293.9753.
- 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.
- Partnership to End Addiction: The Center on Addiction is a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance misuse and addiction.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
- Video - Mechanism of Drug Addiction in the Brain: This 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.
- NOVA's Disability Services: How to apply for Disability Support Services Video
- JAN “The Job Accommodation Network”: JAN is a free service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. JAN consultants have been providing job accommodation information to employers since 1983 when JAN was founded.
- Know Your Rights and Responsibilities: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education.
- College Board (Standardized Exams): Accommodations on College Board Exams. The College Board is committed to making sure that students with disabilities can take tests with the accommodations they need. All reasonable requests are considered.
- Understood: Resources for dyslexia, ADHD, dyscalculia, and other learning disabilities
- Resources and Support for College Students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia
- Scholarships & Resources for Students with Visual Disabilities
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.
- 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 from 9 AM to 5 PM, and phone helpline at 1.800.931.2237 on Monday - Thursday from 11 AM to 9 PM, and Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM.
- 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)
- 70 Resources to Support Eating Disorder Recovery
- 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
- NOVA Career Services-Students: Career Services are available at each NOVA campus 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.
- Virginia Career Works: The Strategic Plan of Virginia Career Works – Northern 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.
- Careers & Degrees in Healthcare: A Guide for Students with Disabilities
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 AM-4:30 PM
Friday, 10 AM-4:30 PM
- Alexandria: South County Center
8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 327
Alexandria, VA 22309
703.704.6286, TTY 703.799.3435
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Friday, 10 AM-4:30 PM
- Reston: Lake Anne Center
11484 Washington Plaza West, Suite 110
Reston, VA 20190
703.787.4974, TTY 703.787.3166
Monday-Thursday, 8 AM-4:30 PM
Friday, 10 AM-4:30 PM
Prince William County Career Works Centers
- Virginia Workforce Center-Prince William
13370 Minnieville Road
Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
703.586.6800, TTY: 703.583.6850
Hours: M,T,Th,F 8:30 AM-4:30 PM; W 9 AM-4:30 PM
Loudoun County Career Works Centers
- Workforce Resource Center
102 Heritage Way, NE
Leesburg, VA 20176
First Floor, rear entrance
Hours: M,T,Th &F 9 AM-4:30 PM;W 9am-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.
- 10 Mental Health Tips for Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Teaching Tolerance Professional Development Webinars
- 10 Ways to Build and Preserve Better Boundaries
- Creating a Culture of Caring- Faculty Resource (PDF)
- Wellness Strategies for the Working Professional (PDF)
- Healthy Zone Staff Wellness Ideas (PDF)
Tips and Resources on Classroom Management
- Addressing Students' Needs: Common Disruptive Student Behaviors and Possible Responses
- Tips for Dealing With Hot Moments
- Classroom Management for the Introvert and Extrovert
- All in a Day’s Work
- Classroom Management
- This Student is Driving Me Nuts!
- Address Problematic Student Behavior
- Classroom Management/Coping with Misconduct in the College Classroom
- Teaching Strategies for the Remote Classroom
Working With Students in Distress:
- Troubled Students: The Faculty Role: Provides possible signs of distress and “Do’s” list.
- Panic Attacks Information: Info for those trying to assist someone having a panic attack.
- Faculty Guide to Working With Students in Distress– ebook; Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard copy
- NOVA’s Financial Stability and Advocacy Centers: The mission of the Financial Stability and Advocacy Center is to enhance student capability for academic success by providing personalized services that build strong financial foundations and access to community resources. Financial coaching, emergency grants, tax preparation, and benefits eligibility are among services offered. The Single Stop screener assists students in finding monetary resources they may qualify for, such as childcare, healthcare coverage, and energy, food, housing, immigration and legal assistance.
- 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.
- 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 AM to 5 PM.
- 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 LC- 102L. Monday & Thursday from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Call 703.404.7310 for more information.
- The Woodbridge Campus Food and Personal Items Pantry is located in the Seefeldt Building (WS), Room 158. The pantry is open on Mondays from 11 AM to 1 PM and on Thursdays from 6 PM to 8 PM. 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)
- Serve Hunger Resource Center(Serves Prince William County): Hunger Resource Center (HRC) serves more than 600 families per month, and nearly 9,000 unique individuals per year, with food and essentials. The HRC also provides nutrition education and strategies for buying healthy food on a budget.
- NOVA Quick Guide to Northern Virginia Area Community Resources: Great guide on NOVA area resources
- 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
- Findhelp.org: Search engine that searches by zip code for social services resources in your area
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.
- 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.
Possible reactions to loss include fatigue, nausea, insomnia, decrease or increase in appetite, and physical aches and pains.
Confusion/ Bad dreams /Forgetfulness/Trouble concentrating
- 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, The Office of Wellness and Mental Health is here to help. Reach out for support.
Other Grief Support Resources
- Capital Caring: telephone support, individual/family grief counseling, support groups, workshops at 800.869.2136 (Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Merrifield, Washington DC)
- Vitas Hospice: literature for grief-related needs and support at 855.776.0024 (Manassas, Vienna, and Washington DC)
- Heartland Hospice: grief counseling, support groups, telephone support at 703.832.0326 (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William)
- Virginia Hospital Center: Helpline to connect with licensed counselors at 703.558.6012 (Arlington)
- Holy Crisis Health: Bereavement support, support groups at 301.754.7742 (Silver Spring, Germantown)
- Haven of Northern Virginia: Counseling, support groups, workshops, bereavement information at 703.941.7000 (Annandale)
- Wendt Center for Loss and Healing: Counseling and resources for grief at 202.204.3021 (Washington, D.C.)
- INOVA Life with Cancer: Counseling and education, programs, support groups, and resources at 703.206.5433 (Fairfax)
- The Compassionate Friends: support after the death of a child
- AARP Grief and Loss Resources: support after the death of a senior
- National Widower’s Organization: support for men grieving a loss
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: support for suicide survivors
- GriefShare: Directory of grief support groups
- Grief In Common: Online support groups
- Grief Anonymous: Facebook support groups
- Griefnet.org: support for adults grieving a loss
- Students Coping with Grief and Loss at School: Offers a wealth of information about grief and loss; however, The Office of Wellness and Mental Health does not endorse any services offered on the site.
- 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.
- Homeless Shelters in Suburban Virginia
- Second Story
- Loudoun County Housing and Shelters
- Arlington Community Assistance Bureau (CAB)
- Prince William Homeless and Winter Shelters
- Fairfax County Emergency Shelters
- Homeless Shelter Referral List
- NVFS SERVE CAMPUS
- 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.
- 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.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation: The FBI is committed to ensuring that victims receive the rights they are entitled to.
- Human Trafficking and The State Courts Collaborative (HTC): HTC provides human trafficking training materials for services providers and for judges around the United States.
- Human Trafficking Awareness Training: Training materials to help increase awareness and educate on the indicators of human trafficking
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NMEC): NMEC identify and respond to child sex trafficking that can be provided online or in-person.
- National Conference of State Legislators: NCSL provides thorough, unbiased and comprehensive information to help you navigate complex policy issues.
- National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC): The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe.
- National Human Trafficking Hotline: Toll-free phone, SMS line, and live online chat function that is available 24/7. Help is available in more than 200 languages hearing and speech-impaired individuals.
- The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Works to enhance the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices in way that will promote justice and healing for all victims.
- Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP): OTIP prevents trafficking through public awareness and protect victims through identification and assistance.
- Polaris Project: Prevent and disrupt human trafficking, and restore freedom to survivors.
- Services Available to Victims of Human Trafficking. It outlines the types of federal benefits and services available to trafficking victims in various immigration categories.
- Thorn Large ecosystem of people, companies, organizations and governments working to protect kids from sexual exploitation.
- USAID: Seeks to explore the potential of innovative approaches, new technologies and dynamic partnerships to combat trafficking.
- Department of State: The Department of State leads the U.S. global engagement to
- combat human trafficking and supports the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts across the U.S. government.
- Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign: Provides information on training and outreach, how traffickers operate and victim assistance to help keep the public informed.
- VAWnet (Violence Against Women): Provides reports on domestic and immigration remedies for trafficked persons, including temporary immigration status under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the T Visa.
- Central Valley Justice Coalition (CVCJ):Faith-based and non-profit organization that partners with the church and community to prevent human trafficking.
- Combating Trafficking in Persons Program Office: Prevents trafficking; sustains an effective program to combat trafficking in domestic and international environments.
- Courtney’s House: Searches for children who are being forced into prostitution, raise awareness and provides support to victims of trafficking in the metro D.C. region.
- Empower Her Network (EHN): Works with victims of human trafficking to educate women on housing opportunities, financial education, and employment preparation.
- Bureau of Justice Assistance: Develops training for law enforcement and communities to identify trafficking in persons and funds task forces based on a sound strategy of collaboration among state and local enforcement.
- Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS): Works to combat incidences of child exploitation and trafficking of women and children.
- International Justice Mission (IJM) – End Slavery in Our Lifetime: Helps children and adults forced into the commercial sex trade, support professional law enforcement rescue operations and ensure that all people are treated with dignity.
- National Human Trafficking Hotline – Fact Sheets: Provides 24/7 hotline information and downloadable materials about human trafficking.
- Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R): U.R is an anti-child trafficking organization that works with law enforcement to find and rescue children.
- 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.
- JustAsk: Educates the public in keeping teenagers safe from human trafficking.
- Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force: Collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to identify victims and perpetrators of human trafficking.
- Virginia.gov: Virginia.gov has citizen resources, programs, initiatives, and community outreach.
- Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS): Improves the criminal justice system in Virginia’s communities through effective training, partnerships, research, regulation, and support.
- Virginia – National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH): Work with service providers, law enforcement, professionals in Virginia to serve survivors of trafficking.
- Virginia Department of Education: Collaboration with the governor, secretary of education, General Assembly, Virginia Board of Education, local school boards, education stakeholders, and parents.
- Virginia’s hotline: Connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe.
- Human Trafficking 101: Teaches participants how to identify and understand victims and about the anti-trafficking response network in the U.S.
- 20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking
Legislation: Human Trafficking Laws & Regulations
- Legal Services of Northern Virginia: Legal Aid: Full service, a nonprofit law firm that serves clients throughout Northern Virginia. It was established in 1980 by consolidating several existing local legal aid organizations into a regional service program. LSNV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, federally funded by Legal Services Corporation, local governments in Northern Virginia, foundations, the private bar, and other donors.
- Understand your legal issue, solve your problem org has information for civil legal issues.
- Fairfax County Human Services Resource Guide
- Northern Virginia Regional Commission Quick Guide
- Va. Family Service Regional Immigration Legal Assistance - 571.748.2806
- Tahirih Justice Center: Protect courageous immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence. By elevating their voices in communities, courts, and Congress, we are creating a world where all women and girls enjoy equality, live in safety with dignity.
- Just Neighbors Justice for Our Neighbors. Providing hope through immigration legal services
- Freedom of Information Clearinghouse 202.588.1000
- Legal Aid of Virginia 866.534.5243
- Legal Services of Northern Virginia intake 703.778.6800
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.
- Advocates for Youth: International youth-serving organization.
- Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons: Organize local gatherings and international conferences.
- Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns: Independent voice of the LGBTQ community and their supporters.
- Anti-Violence Project: Report violence or get crisis intervention help with this organization for LGBTQ and HIV-positive people. Call at 212.714.1141.
- Asexual Visibility and Education Network: AVEN offers a safe space for asexual and questioning people.
- Athlete Ally: Ensure athletic communities are as LGBTQ inclusive as they should be.
- Bisexual Resource Center: Resources for bisexual students.
- Campus Pride: Focuses on creating a safe environment for LGBTQ students on college campuses across the United States.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Works with national, state, and local partners to address the health, education, and safety needs of LGBTQ youth.
- Dignity USA (Roman Catholic): National organization that believes the LGBTQ community can express their sexuality and gender identities and expressions in a manner that is consonant with Christ's teaching.
- Family Acceptance Project: This project aims to prevent major health and mental health risks for LGBTQ youth by increasing family acceptance.
- FORGE: provide direct services for transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault.
- Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN): Creates learning environments for students to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.
- Gay Men of African Descent: Gay Men of African Descent is an organization that provides community forums and support for gay and transgender Black males.
- GLOE – Gay & Lesbian Outreach and Engagement: The Stuart S. Kurlander Program for Gay & Lesbian Outreach and Engagement (GLOE) provides social, cultural, educational and public policy programming that speaks to issues, interests, choices and concerns of the Washington DC gay and lesbian Jewish community.
- GSA Network: Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network is made of "trans and queer youth uniting for racial and gender justice".
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC): Largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for the LGBTQ community.
- Integrity USA (Episcopalian): A nonprofit organization working in the Episcopal Church in the United States for the full inclusion of LGBT members and their allies.
- InterACT Advocates for Intersex Youth<>: This is an advocacy group for intersex people and advocates for consensual surgeries.
- Intersex Campaign for Equality: Resources and community connection for intersex people.
- It Gets Better Project: If you want to know that there are happy and successful queer people out there, the It Gets Better Project offers you realistic proof.
- Interfaith Working Group
- Interweave Continental: Unitarian Universalists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns
- Keshet: National organization working to ensure the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and families in Jewish life. Provide spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued and advance LGBTQ rights nationwide.
- Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund: Committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
- LGBTQ National Help Center: Provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
- Lutherans Concerned of North America
- Metropolitan Community Churches (LGBTQ Christians): Forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.
- Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV): An organization that welcomes all Muslim and Non-Muslims who share the same belief in a world where each person has value and deserves respect.
- National Queer Asian Pacific Islander alliance (NQAPIA): Federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations.
- National Center for Lesbian Rights: National legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through a program of litigation.
- National Center for Transgender Equality: Resources for transgender persons experiencing discrimination.
- National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI): Provides an LGBTQ-inclusive therapist for individuals that live with a mental health condition and deal with discrimination.
- National Consortium of Directors of LBGT Resources in Higher Education: This group’s stated mission is to achieve higher education environments in which LGBT students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect.
- National Union of Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning Students (NUJULS)
- OUT for Work: Works with LGBTQ and Ally college students to help prepare them in the transition from academia into the workplace.
- Pride Institute: Provides services for the LGBT community. Pride institutes goal is to lead people a road to recovery through evidence-based substance abuse, sexual health, and mental health treatment.
- Reconciling Works: Lutherans for Full Participation: Inspires, advocates and organizes for the full inclusion of LGBTQ Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.
- Reconciling Ministries Network: An organization seeking the inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in both the policy and practices of United Methodist Church.
- SAGE: Offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers.
- The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB): National Voice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allied Baptists in the US.
- The Trevor Project: Available in Washington D.C, Los Angeles, and New York. They provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for the LGBTQ youth.
- The Q Card: Q Card is an educational tool that can help young people self-advocate in health-care spaces.
- The Gay, Lesbian, Transgender & Bisexual National Help Center: Provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions.
- Trans Student Educational Resources: Group led by youth with the goal of promoting education about trans and gender-diverse lives.
- World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Jewish Organizations: Networking resource for LGBTQIA+ Jews from around the world to connect, engage, and support on local, national, continental and global levels.
- American College Personnel Association (ACPA): They work towards educating members, eliminating overt and covert oppression of the LGBT community.
- Casa Ruby: The only LGBTQ bilingual and multicultural organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Provides housing, preventative health (STI treatment), mental health support for victims of violence, case management, Latino and immigration services, food assistance, and more.
- 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.
- National LGBTQ Task Force- National LGBTQ Task Force is an organization working for the human and civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
- Advocates For Youth: Advocates for Youth is an international youth-serving organization.
- OUT For Work: OUT for Work is a National 501 (c)3 Non Profit organization that works with LGBTQ and Ally college students to help prepare them in the transition from academia into the workplace.
- 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, queer 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.
- NOVA Pride- NOVA Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to cultivate and grow a coalition to educate, advocate and celebrate in service to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community of Northern Virginia and our straight Allies.
- The Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia: Second Fridays a peer led support group for members and friends of the Transgender and gender expansive community.
- The 49 Fund
- The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Scholarships
- Colin Higgins Foundation Youth Courage Awards
- eQuality Scholarships
- Horizons Foundation
- The Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ+ Scholarship Database
- Gamma Mu Foundation
- The Jonathan Lax Scholarship for Gay Men
- The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize
- LEAGUE Foundation LGBTQ Scholarships
- Live Out Loud Young Trailblazers Scholarship
- Markowski-Leach Scholarships
- National Women’s Studies Association
- NGPA Scholarships
- Out for Education Scholarships
- Point Foundation
- Pride Foundation
- Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program
- Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellowship
- Stonewall Community Foundation Scholarships
- The Tang Scholarship
- TSER Scholarships
- 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
- Healthcare.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.
- Mary Washington Healthcare Wellness Program (Fredericksburg): The Wellness Program|Ryan White Grant serves our community to help those living with HIV and Aids to navigate healthcare (including testing and prophylaxis), understand medications, and assist in finding financial and emotional support options.
- VDH Health Department Finder: Search here to find your area health department in Virginia
- Birthright of Woodbridge: Birthright of Woodbridge offers help to women facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies. Our services include information about alternatives to abortion, and help to find solutions to difficult situations. We provide free pregnancy tests, prenatal care referrals and housing information in the greater Woodbridge area to help you make a workable plan for the future.
- Birthright of Loudoun: We offer free pregnancy testing in Leesburg, VA when you think you may be pregnant. Call us to schedule an appointment or to talk to a professional more about our services or to seek advice. We have supportive individuals here to help with planning or pregnancy or to talk about the abortion alternatives available to you.
- First Care Women’s Health: information and resources from our licensed medical professionals on all of your pregnancy options so you can make a fully informed choice. All at no cost to you. Walk-ins are welcome.
- Hope in NOVA: Free services regarding alternatives to abortion
- NOVA Pregnancy Help Centers: We offer pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and consultations, at no cost to you. Confidential text line at 703.782.9877.
- La Leche League: The mission of La Leche League to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
- Young Invincibles - Provides ACA and Medicaid application assistance and education surrounding health insurance literacy, accessing care and navigating the health care system.
Young Invincibles (YI)
- Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic: (Fredericksburg): Provides medical, dental and pharmacy services for those without insurance and Medicaid
- 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: provides accessible, high quality, and patient-centered primary care to patients in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County. Our comprehensive model of primary care includes family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics as well as dental care, behavioral health, laboratory services, pharmacy assistance, HIV care, diabetes education, and medical and non-medical case management.
- INOVA Juniper Program: We offer primary medical care and mental health, substance abuse and case management services to HIV positive individuals, including prophylaxis, HIV testing (including home kits), STI testing, and pregnancy services.
- Central Virginia Health Services: We are a non-profit who offers comprehensive care: medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and at some sites, x-ray services.
- La Clinica del Pueblo (Washington DC): Provide comprehensive primary medical care with wrap-around services across the life spectrum; mental health and substance use treatment; medical interpretation and language access advocacy; community health including health education and safe spaces; and advocacy strategies to increase inclusion and health equity for Latino immigrants.
- Fauquier Free Clinic: We provide comprehensive medical, mental health, medication and dental services to those with and without insurance.
- Greater Prince William Health Center: Provides medical, pediatric health, OB/GYN, dental and behavioral health services.
- HealthWorks for Northern Virginia: Provides many services, to include medical, immunizations, laboratory tests, dental, medication assistance, gynecology and more.
- NOVA’s Restorative Dental Clinic: NOVA Dental is a safety net dental clinic. We provide dental care for individuals regardless of their insurance status.
- Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics: Clinics offer a variety of health care services, including medical, dental, vision, mental health and pharmacy services. However, not all clinics offer all services and not all areas of Virginia have a free or charitable clinic. Clinics are independent, nonprofit, volunteer-driven and community-based organizations. Each clinic sets its own eligibility requirements and guidelines, and all must be contacted directly for help.
- Free Dental Care (Virginia): us is a free website maintained by users like you. Our volunteers work hard to make sure the information on these clinics is up to date and accurate. Services Listed: Free Dental Clinics, Sliding Fee Scale Dental Clinics, Low Cost Affordable Dental Clinics, Non-Profit Dental Clinics. Please be aware than not all clinics are completely free. Some cities also have a low number of clinics so in many cases we have included nearby clinics in the search results.
- Howard University College of Dentistry Clinic: Our clinics offer an extensive range of dental treatments and oral healthcare services for adults and children.
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 Referral Database 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 703.228.5150
- 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)
703.859.3147 in the south region and 703.447.9402 in the north region
- Korean Community Service Center (Hope Clinic)
- 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
703.548.1358 or 703.299.4148
- GW Counseling Services Center
- Washington School of Psychiatry (Meyer Treatment Center)
- The Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington
National Hopeline network is 1.800.784.2433
- 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
- Help PRO: a search engine for licensed therapist, as well as those who provide online counseling services via text, live chat, email, and video sessions
- Inova Psychiatric Assessment Center (IPAC) 703.289.7560; Not accepting walk in appointments; office hours are Monday-Friday at 8 PM to 4 PM. 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.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) envisions wellness for people living with mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder). DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.
- National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder: A resource for families and people in recovery. NEA-BPD works to provide education, raise public awareness, decrease stigma, and enhance the quality of life of those affected by Borderline Personality Disorder.
- Clinicians of Color - Our directory is full of clinicians of various racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as training and treatment styles. Let us help you find a therapist of color that truly sees you.
- If you are over 60, and interested in taking coursework or earning a degree at NOVA, check out your tuition assistance options; you may qualify for free tuition! A 24 Hour Student Support Center is available at 855.323.3199 to answer any questions you may have.
- AARP: AARP Foundation is tackling senior poverty by sparking bold, innovative solutions that help vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness.
- The Alliance for Retired Americans: The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.
- Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington: We provide transportation, adult day care, employment services, and more for our mission of helping local seniors experience the positive side of aging.
- Volunteer Prince William RSVP: The Retired and Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides meaningful service opportunities to adults aged 55 and older, matching their skills, life experiences and interests to help meet priority needs in the community.
- Virginia Office for Aging Services: The Office for Aging Services helps older Virginians live as independently as possible by coordinating and providing services to help them maintain their dignity and security. Our website provides information that aging Virginians, caregivers and their families can use in making important decisions about their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
- Senior Navigator: A 501c3 non-profit, our mission is to provide helpful, free resource information associated with aging, disabilities, post-military life, and overall well-being.
- 40 Plus of Greater Washington: 40Plus is a non-profit, self-help, volunteer organization offering a proven system of hands-on training, peer support, networking, volunteering, and talks by experts on topics of interest to professionals in career transition.
- Eldercare Locator - public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. You can also reach them at 1.800.677.1116.
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.
- Half of Us 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.
- MindYourMind is a website for emerging adults to access information, resources, and tools during tough times. Help yourself and others by sharing what you know.
- Panic Attacks Information: Provides information for those trying to assist someone having a panic attack.
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.
- Headspace.com: 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.
- The Mindfulness App: Free for the 1st month, helps you keep score of how many minutes achieved each day.
- Calm app: Daily calm is a 10 min program, also have nature sounds for unguided meditation with or without a timer, has 3 and 25 minute sessions.
- InsightTimer.com: 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.
- Smiling Mind app: Can choose which age group including meditation for young children
- Pacifica: CBT based, developed by psychologists
- 10% Happier app: For “fidgety skeptics”, get 7 sessions of an introductory course, can choose topics like "happiness for grumpy people"
- Simple Habit Meditation: Takes into account time of day, 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.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 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. Text us: CONNECT to 85511
- Crisis Text Line: Available 24/7, Text HOME to 741741
- Community Services Board (for crisis intervention, emergency evaluation and aftercare): Available 24/7, ask for an Emergency Services clinician
- City of Alexandria, 703.746.3401
- Arlington County, 703.228.5160
- Fairfax-Falls Church Counties, 703.573.5679
- Loudoun County, 703.777.0320
- Prince William County, 703.792.4900 (Woodbridge), 703.792.7800 (Manassas)
- Rappahannock Area, 540.373.6876 (Caroline, King George, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties, and the City of Fredericksburg)
- Rappahannock-Rapidan Area, 540.825.5656 (Fauquier and Culpeper Counties)
- The Samaritans Helpline: 1.877.870.4673 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone and text. They also offer online chats for those who prefer to use digital tools. They provide compassionate support to anyone who is feeling anxious, feeling isolated, depressed, or suicidal. It’s confidential and free to use.
- Contact Helpline: 1.800.932.4616 is staffed by 24/7 to offer emotional listening to those afflicted by loneliness and anxiety.
- Silent Unity Prayer Line: 1.816.969.2000 is staffed 24/7 by trained prayer ministers who offer prayers and spiritual support to those in need. They also offer the UPray App for those who prefer to submit their prayer requests on their device.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Established 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.
- Suicide Prevention in College: This website offers a wealth of information about suicide, however, The Office of Wellness and Mental Health does not endorse any services offered on the site.
- S.A.F.E. Alternatives: 1.800.DONTCUT (366.8288) offers a nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior.
- Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN): SPAN is a coalition committed to building on strengths and empowering communities to end suicide. SPAN began in 2014 as a collaboration between all 5 Community Service Boards in Northern Virginia along with the State of Virginia and local partner organizations.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE): SAVE works to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.
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) 804.786.0286 (statewide)
- Veterans Crisis Line: 800.273.8255 and press 1, text 838255, or chat
- 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)
- Veterans Affairs Dental Care: If you qualify for VA dental care benefits, you may be able to get some or all of your dental care through VA.