Peer support groups
Youth and young adults ages 14-22!
Parents and caregivers!
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, 2019-2020 Stronger Together groups moved online in March. The virtual Stronger Together support groups concluded on May 26. A list of virtual support groups for parents/caregivers, hosted by other organizations in spring/summer 2020 is available HERE.
We will see you, hopefully in person, for Stronger Together groups in fall 2020!
We believe that youth and young adults really are stronger when they share their experiences and work together to improve their own lives and the systems that are supposed to help youth and families.
Our youth and young adult group is designed for teens and young adults who have lived experiences in one or more service systems such as:
- Social services (foster care, child welfare, family services)
- Special education (learning or emotional disability or other condition)
- Mental health services
- Substance use treatment/recovery
Parents, caregivers and guardians have their own group meeting at the same time in the same building.
Groups meet twice monthly in Fairfax city, October through May and enrollment is open throughout the year.
Download Stronger Together flyer HERE.
Groups are facilitated by professional clinicians. A light dinner is served before group meetings begin. Group participation is FREE of charge. Due to the continuing nature of peer support, regular group attendance is expected.
Registration for the Stronger Together youth/young adult and parent/caregiver groups for 2019-2020 school year is available HERE.
Stronger Together groups will meet:
2019 – October 1, 15 and 29, November 12, December 3 and 17
2020 – January 7 and 21 (note this is change from previously stated dates), February 4 and 18, March 10 and 24 (virtual), April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26
Thanks to Youth MOVE Virginia, a program of NAMI of Virginia, for providing some sponsorship of our youth and young adult group!
NOTE: Fairfax County CSB offers Thursday evening groups for youth ages 14-17 and family members. More information at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/recovery/heads-up-talk-it-out.