Mental Health Awareness Series at Beatley Central

Join Beatley Central Library to examine issues discussed in the newspapers and on TV. Learn the facts so you can help others and reduce the stigma that often prevents people from seeking treatment.

Monday, October 6, 7 p.m. Suicide Prevention and Response

A regional report states “From 2003-2012, 1,733 people died by suicide in northern Virginia [and that] suicide prevention should be a top priority given the sheer number of lives lost and the apparent increase in suicide...” Everyone needs to help prevent these tragedies. Take action now by learning about suicide prevention and response. Speakers: LauraMayer, CrisisLink Call Center Program Director; Julie Jakopic, President/CEO iLeadStrategies; Carrie Redden, Youth Team Development Leader, DCHS, and Alexandria’s representative to Northern Virginia’s Regional Suicide Prevention Plan

Tuesday, October 7, 10:30 a.m. Hoarding, a Mental Illness

The City of Alexandria’s Hoarding Task Force, with representation from several City departments, will offer definitions, signs, impacts, and resources related to the mental disorder associated with hoarding. Speakers: A panel discussion will be led by Rhonda Williams, LCSW, Therapist Supervisor, Older Adult Clinical Services of DCHS.

Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m. Causes and Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD has been described under many names since the sagas of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Today we know more about its causes and how to treat it and also know any serious trauma can be the cause. Speakers: Dr. Maulik Purohit, director of research at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) on the Fort Belvoir campus; Elia Charles, therapist, National Wounded Warrior Center at Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital; Kathy Beasley, deputy director of Government Relations at the Military Officers Association of America.

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. Film Followed by Discussion

A POV documentary appearing this fall on PBS which shows the life of a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s, the support of her family, the effects of the disease on her sense of self and her family, and her memories of her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. The documentary, made by her son, chronicles three years in her life with flashbacks.


Learn more about helping persons experiencing a mental health crisis. Enroll in Alexandria’s free Mental Health First Aid classes

This series is presented in partnership with City of Alexandria Department of Community and Human Resources, Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center, and Alexandria's Mental Health Hope Campaign.