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Resources on health, mental health, drugs and health care providers and services.


This page is intended to provide general health & wellness information. Some material may contain information that is the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of a doctor.

  • Only a health professional can interpret and individualize information for a specific person's condition or situation.
  • Information provided by Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) does not imply medical recommendation, endorsement, or approval by FCPL.
  • Please consult your health care provider with specific medical questions.

Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month is a national movement to raise awareness, reduce stigmas & educate the public about mental health. This guide features resources for support & information to learn more about mental health.

Mental Health Emergency Resources

If you or someone you care about is in crisis, take action with one of the following resources:

  • Call a local emergency mental health center at 703-573-5679 (Merrifield Center), 703-536-2000 (Dominion Hospital), or 703-289-7560 (INOVA emergency services).
  • Go to the nearest emergency room at your local hospital.
  • Call 911.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the Crisis Link Hotline or call them at 703-527-4077.
  • Chat online with a specialist at or
  • Call the Veterans Crisis Line – confidential support 24/7, 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838-255, or chat online.
  • For LGBTQIA+ Youth, The Trevor Project offers 24/7 access to to a trained counselor.
  • The Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support in both crisis and non-emergency situations. The Trans Lifeline does not engage in non-consensual active rescue.

Here are additional talk lines that may help if you or someone you know is in crisis:

  • Call the Trans Lifeline at 1-877-565-8860.
  • Call the GLBT National Hotline at 1-888-843-4564.
  • Call the GLBT National Youth Talkline at 1-800-246-7743.
  • Call the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Virginia Hotline at 1-800-838-8238.

Mental Health Wellness

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