Health and Wellness

As we become aware of events or resources that relate to the health and wellness of our teens we will post links here.



A text messaging tool for students and parents who need help with mental health, depression, or thoughts of suicide. It is a confidential, safe, and non-judgmental resource when you need someone to talk to. Trained crisis counselors who respond can also provide information about emergency resources in the community.
CrisisText is available on the FCPS Mobile App or by sending a text NEEDHELP to 85511. CrisisText is provided as a community resource through a partnership with FCPS, Fairfax County Government, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, and PRS Services ( ). Youth may also call 703-527-4077 if they would prefer to speak to someone directly.

Additional community resources are available through:

Merrifield Community Services Board Emergency Center:703-573-5679

Merrifield Community Services Board Walk-In (without appointment): M-F 9-5 for screening and assessment for behavioral health care services. 703-383-8500

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Ryan’s Story:


This site was created by John and Kelly Halligan in memory of their son, Ryan.  In the years since his death in 2003,  John has tirelessly worked to help others understand the issues surrounding teen depression, suicide, bullying and cyberbullying.  This website not only shares their family’s story but also provides links to many resources, presentations, and support for teens and their families and friends.