Mental Health Coping Tips for Your Kids as They Transition Between Online and In-Person Schooling

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Satish Shashidhara, DO, is a board certified Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with Inova Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Shashidhara is the Medical Director for the Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, and with little to no warning, children and adolescents saw all of their routines upended by lockdowns.…

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Inova Announces Gift to Support Expansion of Behavioral Health Services at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Falls Church, VA – Inova is announcing that longtime supporters Jeffrey and Amiya Veatch have pledged $3.5 million to expand critically-needed behavioral health services at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northern Virginia region has seen an increase in residents seeking behavioral health services. Behavioral health inpatient admissions at…

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Peer Recovery Saves Lives in the Inova Alexandria Hospital Emergency Department

Jeremy H. Graf, MD is board-certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Graf is the Chief Medical Officer of Inova Alexandria Hospital. Lydia G. Haile, MD, FACEP, is board-certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Haile is Chief of Inova Alexandria Hospital’s Emergency Department. Linda Thompson is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Linda helps people struggling with addiction as…

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Tele-Behavioral Health: COVID-19 and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care

Expert Q&A with Rick Leichtweis, PhD, Executive Director, Inova Kellar Center Rick Leichtweis, PhD, serves as Executive Director for Inova Kellar Center. He is a leader in the educational and mental health field and has extensive experience in developing mental health and substance use disorder treatment and special education programs. Across the U.S., and here…

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Is Your Teen Depressed?

Teen Depression

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of teen depression and be proactive with an intervention plan before it escalates. Statistics indicate that up to 20 percent of adolescents are diagnosed with depression by the time they reach adulthood. Unlike adults, adolescents may still respond positively to things…

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Preventing Suicide

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Here are important tips for identifying behaviors and helping to stop suicide. By Tammala Watkins, LCSW, Director, Inova Behavioral Health Access Services, Inova Health System Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34. Suicide can be prevented when people are educated about some…

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Behavioral Health Services Focus on Healthy Minds

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Inova provides inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for all ages in Loudoun and western Fairfax counties The numbers are staggering; millions of people are affected by mental health conditions annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 50% of all Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder…

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