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The Ryan Bartel Foundation promotes awareness about youth suicide prevention and organizes and facilitates programs and activities to address the problem. The Foundation does not have professional mental health staff and is not qualified to provide counseling, nor is it intended to be a suicide outreach or hotline service. Always seek professional help for yourself or loved ones when conditions warrant. 

Below are some helpful resources both locally and nationally. The resources found here are for informational purposes only. Ryan Bartel Foundation does not recommend or endorse any clinicians, counselors, psychiatrists, social workers, physicians, products, procedures, or opinions. We welcome your calls and your posts, but if you have a crisis of any sort, seek immediate help by calling 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or one of the crisis intervention groups below.

Crisis Intervention & Prevention Services, Education

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 988 or 1-800-273-8255


Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. Free 24/7 support at your fingertips.


PRS Crisislink

Hotline 800 273-talk(8255) or Text 'CONNECT" to 85511. Through a variety of programs, CrisisLink aims to educate, support and empower youth to make a difference within themselves and our community. Standard msg&data rates may apply. Text STOP to opt-out. For end user privacy and terms and conditions of texting with 85511, go to:

Arlington, VA

Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.


Community Regional Crisis Response

CR2 provides 24-hour rapid response to children, youth, and adults facing a mental health and/or substance use crisis.

Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun Counties

Loudoun County Crisis Intervention Team

CIT provides individuals experiencing a mental health emergency the opportunity to meet with a mental health professional for evaluation, crisis intervention and stabilization services, as well as links to various resources. 102 Heritage Way, N.E., Suite 102 in Leesburg, 7.00am-11.00pm, tel 703-777-0320

Leesburg, VA

Pacific Medical Training

First aid for most common attempted suicides.


Information, Support, Advocacy for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health

Active Minds

Active Minds is a national leader for young adult mental health advocacy and suicide prevention. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Active Minds brings to mental health what no other organization can — the voice of young people who are disproportionately affected by mental illnesses and the way mental health is addressed on campuses and in society at large.

Washington, DC-based with chapters at more than 600 colleges

Friends of Loudoun Mental Health

We are an all-volunteer, community-based, non-profit organization that helps those disabled by mental illness better their lives by providing assistance for living arrangements, advocating on their behalf for improved care and resources, and promoting recovery and community awareness.

Leesburg, VA


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (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.


Youth Suicide Warning Signs

Consensus list of warning signs for youth suicide that are rooted in science and our best understanding of clinical practice.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide .


National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nations largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Arlington, VA with Branches Nationwide


A regional coalition of the Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun, and Prince William Community Services Boards (CSBs) and other groups in Northern Virginia, all working together to raise awareness and share resources to prevent suicide.

Fairfax, VA

Medical, Clinical Services

Choices (Through Dominion Hospital)

Our Intensive Outpatient Program provides an intermediate level of care for adolescents with needs too complex for individual therapy alone but that do not warrant inpatient or partial hospitalization.

Chantilly, VA

Dominion Hospital

Inpatient Hospitalization for Children, Adolescents and Adults and Partial Hospitalization for Adolescents. From our convenient location in suburban Falls Church, Virginia, we offer hope, help, encouragement, support and a full range of treatment options with a distinctive focus on crisis intervention and stabilization.

Falls Church, VA

Inova Keller Center

Inova Kellar Center has provided behavioral health services for children, adolescents and their families for more than twenty-five years. Their comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs and an innovative special education school support families throughout Northern Virginia and continue to expand to meet future needs.

Sterling, VA

Choices (Through Dominion Hospital)

Our Intensive Outpatient Program provides an intermediate level of care for adolescents with needs too complex for individual therapy alone but that do not warrant inpatient or partial hospitalization.

Falls Church, VA

Inova Inpatient Adolescent Mental Health Unit

The inpatient adolescent Mental Health unit provides care for adolescents (ages 14–17) who require stabilization and short-term treatment for emotional, behavioral and psychological needs.

Falls Church, VA

North Spring Behavioral Healthcare

Inpatient Acute and Residential Treatment Programs. Our mission is to inspire youth and families through quality services to enrich their lives by embracing positive change.

Leesburg, VA

Psychotherapy, Counseling, Wellness

Comprehensive Behavioral Health

We are a young, expanding, energetic group of Child/General Psychiatrists, Therapists, and Nurse Practitioners, helping address the mental health crisis. We value and encourage diversity and authenticity in all that we do. We help individuals with mental health concerns. With a wide range of specialties, leading technology, and caring staff, we offer a positive and supported experience every step of the way.

Winchester, Ashburn, Arlington, VA; Bethesda, MD

Dominion Center for Behavioral Health

DCBHS provides psychiatric, psychological and counseling services for individuals in Northern Virginia.

South Riding, VA

Dr. Suzanne Nixon

Private practice therapist Dr. Suzanne Nixon, provides wise and compassionate behavioral health care for teens, adults, couples, parents and families.

Lansdowne, VA

Karen Bruecken, LPC

I am blessed to be able to come alongside teenagers, adolescents (both guys and gals to age 22) as well as women who are struggling with issues of anxiety and fear and help them to discover their root cause and experience clarity and confidence in moving forward. I love helping people discover or renew their passion in life by breaking down invisible prisons that keep them captive due to self-limiting thoughts and behaviors.

Purcellville, VA


Online counseling


The Women's Center

Whether it’s experiencing a parents’ divorce, becoming a target of bullying, or simply starting college, therapy can help young adults navigate these complex experiences and emotions in a healthy way.

Vienna, VA & Washington, DC

Denisha Johnson LLC

Denisha Johnson Hamilton (formerly Denisha Johnson) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that can work with many issues and ages. Denisha is well versed in dealing with issues of trauma, attachment disorder, anxiety, depression, gender/sexuality issues, as well as a variety of other issues that impact children, teenagers, and adults.

Leesburg, VA

Dr. Cameron Caswell

Dr. Cam helps parents build peaceful, positive relationships with their teens through improved communication and deeper understanding. Put simply, she helps parents understand their teens and teens understand their parents which greatly improves trust, respect, and harmony.

Ashburn, VA

Embark Behavioral Health

Embark therapists help adolescents and teens ages 12-25 in Virginia overcome mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

Ashburn, VA

Sunstone Counseling

With a range of experienced counselors and price points, Sunstone sets itself apart by making mental health counseling easily accessible to all. We believe everyone deserves to shine brighter and be their best selves.

Ashburn, VA

Teen Line

An anonymous, nonjudgmental space for youth. Through our hotline, teens can access personal peer-to-peer support from highly trained teens supervised by adult mental health professionals. Our work extends to providing outreach and support to schools and other youth organizations.


Wellness Connection

The Wellness Connection is a “one-stop-shop” that brings you together with your providers in a collaborative partnership to optimize health and well-being.

Stone Ridge, VA

Music and Expressive Therapy

A Place To Be

A Place to Be believes in using performance and outreach as keys to building self-confidence, courage and artistic expression.

Middleburg, VA

Animal Assisted Counseling

Heeling House

Heeling House’s PACK is a completely unique new social club for young adults aged 12-17. The PACK’s focus is on animal related community service and education. Lessons the youths learn, by training the dogs, can be applied to the various challenges they face in their daily lives. Members will learn critical skills that will help them in their interactions with people (and animals) in school, at home, and later on in the workplace.

Sterling, VA

Ride on Ranch

Equine Assisted Therapy is an amazing way to gain self awareness, improve communication and problem solve in real time in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Treatment is generally short term in nature.

Lovettsville, VA

Project Horse

Project Horse helps those with anxiety, depression, trauma, social skills deficits, behavioral issues, substance abuse, lack of self confidence

Leesburg, VA

Summit Dog, Inc

Summit Dog provides customized animal-assisted therapy programs to anyone experiencing intellectual, emotional, physical, behavioral, or mental health challenges.

Herndon, VA

Bullying & Cyberbullying


Comprehensive parental control tool for families.


Center for Online Safety

Resources for online safety and private consulting.


Broadband Search

Research on cyber bullying, statistics and what they mean.


Stop Bullying

Provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.




The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (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.


Young Adults

Active Minds

Using a peer-to-peer approach, Active Minds changes the conversation about mental health among adolescents and young adults, reduces stigma associated with mental health conditions, and establishes a culture of caring on college and university campuses. Programs and resources are built for students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the broad campus community to ensure long-term change at the individual, campus community, and policy levels. Active Minds prioritizes the student voice to ensure a student-driven and student-focused approach in mental health promotion.



Online counseling


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