Evidenced Based Programing:
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. To learn more, click here.
For more information about ASIST, please call our Prevention Services Coordinator at 540-213-7599.
Greater Augusta Prevention Partners (GAPP) Coalition: is a collaborative community group, whose focus is around pressing prevention issues and initiatives in the community. Many agencies and individuals are involved with the Coalition and meetings are open to the public. Please join us at the Augusta County Government Center – Smith Room West, the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information please visit our website here.
Lock and Talk is a local initiative to decrease occurrences of completed suicide and increase suicide prevention awareness. This initiative is a collaboration between the State Health Planning Region 1, Suicide Prevention Committee and Valley CSB Prevention Services.
Lock and Talk provides education and tools regarding "Means Safety". This is defined as keeping the lethal means in which most use to attempt or complete suicide can be kept safe by family, friends and local professionals.
They provide safety devices such as medication lock boxes, trigger locks/ cables, support material and consultation. They also provide trainings to the community; to include Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, SafeTalk, and SuicideTALK. For more information, please call the Prevention Coordinator at 540-292-0013, click on the Facebook link (left), or visit their website here.
Health Planning Region 1 (HPR 1) Suicide Prevention Pilot Grant: The HPR 1 Suicide Pilot Grant utilizes existing Community Services Board's prevention networks within Health Planning Region 1, in an effort to reduce suicide rates across the region. The following strategies are currently being implemented
- Increasing and strengthening gatekeeper education
- Increasing help seeking behaviors
- Reducing access to lethal means
For more information contact Prevention Services Coordinator at 540-213-7599 or the HPR 1 Suicide Prevention Pilot Coordinator at 540-817-7766 or visit the website here.
Meet Our Staff
Erin Botkin: As a native of Staunton, Erin brings a local feel tot he Prevention Services Department. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Psychology, Erin appreciates the opportunity to give back tot eh community that has contributed so much to her life experiences. Erin enjoys working with youth and engaging families through prevention opportunities.
Paula Woods: Paula has served as the Prevention Specialist since the spring of 2012. A New Jersey native, Paula is proud to reside in Augusta County after graduating from Bridgewater College with a B.S. in Psychology. Paula's inspiration and enthusiasm comes from the many elementary, middle, and high school students she has encountered and worked with during her career.
Lucy Fatula: Lucy has worked as a Prevention Specialist since the fall of 2015. With Staunton being her hometown, she has a passion for the wellness of those in the community she loves. Lucy graduated from Virginia Tech in 2008 with a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies. She loves working with youth of all ages and is grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many of them in the area.