Prevention & Intervention


Prevention and Intervention Services of the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services provides mental health education for the general public and substance abuse prevention programs for high risk populations in both schools and community settings.

Marcus Alert

If someone in your household has a behavioral health condition, you are encouraged to create a RapidSOS profile. Learn more.

Classes & Trainings  

  • ACEs Training: This is a training on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on overall public health. To learn more about preventing ACEs in your community with a class or presentation, visit or send an email. ACEs training is also offered in Spanish. 
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA): This public education program helps communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives. There are two program tracks. The Adult MHFA class teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older. The Youth MHFA class is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with youth people, e.g., school staff, caregivers, parents. Registration is required. For more information, visit or send an email.
  • REVIVE!: This is the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (OONE) program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. REVIVE! provides training on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency using naloxone. There is no cost, but registration is required. For more information, visit
  • QPR Training: Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Training is a one-hour educational program designed to assist people in recognizing the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to refer someone for professional help. The QPR suicide prevention training teaches three simple yet powerful steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide - Question, Persuade and Refer. For more information, visit or send an email

Public Education Campaigns

  • Know the RxSK Use with Caution ( This public education campaign aims to prevent and reduce the misuse of prescription pain medications in Northern Virginia by providing information and strategies regarding safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal.
  • Lock and Talk Virginia ( This public education program in Virginia aims to prevent suicides by restricting access to firearms and poisons during a mental health crisis, educating the community about how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of suicide, and encouraging community conversations about mental wellness. To obtain a trigger lock or cable lock for firearms or lock boxes for medications, send an email

Prevention and Intervention also has numerous collaborative partnerships in the community. Through these partnerships, Loudoun County offers psycho-educational groups, after-school programs and summer camps. Topics include:

  • Anger management
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Refusal Skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Suicide Prevention

Contact Information

For more information or to ask a question, send us an email.