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Posted on: October 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Loudoun Offers Free Mental Health Training Opportunities

Link to information about mental health and substance abuse training programs

Loudoun County continues to offer free mental health training opportunities for members of the public. These programs are part of the county’s ongoing mental health and substance abuse prevention efforts. All programs are free, but registration is required, and seats are limited.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Training

The Adverse Childhood Experiences training is a one-hour educational program that aims to raise awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance use problems in adulthood. The training teaches that ACE prevention is the greatest opportunity for improving the well-being of communities. The virtual training presentation lasts about one hour. Discussion and a question-and- answer session will follow the presentation. The next class will be held: 

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 28, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

For details about the training and to register, visit loudoun.gov/suicidepreventiontraining.

Suicide Prevention Training

The Question Persuade and Refer program offers training to help people recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to refer someone for professional help. The suicide prevention training teaches three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide; question, persuade and refer. The virtual training presentation lasts about one hour. Discussion and practice opportunities will follow the presentation. Upcoming classes will be held: 

  • Thursday, October 28, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

For details about the training and to register, visit loudoun.gov/childhoodadversitytraining.

More information about the prevention and intervention programs offered by the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Developmental Services is online at loudoun.gov/mhsadsprevention.

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