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Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

Your mental health is important.

Just as we strive for better physical wellness, we can take steps to improve our mental health. This looks different for everyone. Perhaps you’d like to talk to someone, focus more on self care, consider medication, and/or seek other treatments.

No matter your challenges, there are options to help you. Use this guide to find the support that works for you and your loved ones.

Take Action

Find Help and Treatment

猫咪成人视频Looking for mental health help? There are several ways to start your search.

Get Connected to Support

  • Pennsylvania’s Support & Referral Helpline connects Pennsylvanians with mental and emotional support and to local resources.  Call 855-284-2494 (TTY: 724-631-5600).
  • Call 2-1-1 to reach the United Way and get connected to help in your area. Search crisis services, hotlines, and warmlines near you on the .

Find a Facility/Specialist

  • Find the help that works for you. Use or to find therapists, treatment facilities, health care centers, support groups, and more.

For Medicaid Patients

If you have Medicaid coverage in Pennsylvania, you can by clicking on the Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization (BH-MCO) listed for your county.

You’re Entitled to Treatment

if you are having trouble with the mental health benefits covered by your insurance. Call them at 877-881-6388 for assistance.

people care about you

Preventing Suicide

Please call 911 if danger for self-harm seems imminent.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, you are not alone — no matter how much pain you are experiencing.

Remember that emotions aren’t fixed, and how you feel today might not be the same as how you feel tomorrow.

Take these immediate actions suggested by :

  1. Promise not to do anything right now. Your thoughts do not have to become a reality.
  2. Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  3. Make your home safe by removing things you could use to hurt yourself.
  4. Don’t keep these thoughts to yourself. Reach out to someone you trust, and/or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  5. Remember that people do get through this. ()

You are valued and there are people who care about you and resources here to help.

Helping A Loved One

猫咪成人视频Suicide prevention is all of our business. Oftentimes, if a person in crisis gets the professional help they need, they will never be suicidal again.

猫咪成人视频If someone says they are thinking about suicide, they need professional help. Don’t play it down or ignore the situation.

  • Encourage the person to call a suicide hotline number, such as the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
  • Encourage the person to seek treatment
  • Offer to help the person take steps to get support
  • Encourage them to communicate with you
  • Never promise to keep suicidal feelings a secret
  • Remove potentially dangerous items from the person’s home, if possible


Warning Signs

  • Talking about suicide/wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to die by suicide (such as searching online or buying a gun)
  • Talking about feeling worthless
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Suddenly happier and calmer, especially after a period of depression
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Getting affairs in order/making arrangements
  • Increased alcohol/drug use
  • Preoccupation with death

Risk Factors

  • Depression diagnosis
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Loss of job/home/money
  • Death/terminal illness of a loved one
  • Divorce or loss major relationship

See from Prevent Suicide PA.

Worried About someone? Here’s What To Do

  1. Ask if they are OK, and listen to them like a true friend
  2. Tell them you are worried about them and they are not alone
  3. Talk to a mental health professional about your concerns

Not sure who to reach out to for help? You can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255猫咪成人视频) and text the Crisis Text Line (741741) to talk about your concerns for someone else.

Mental Health & Current Events

COVID-19 Pandemic

猫咪成人视频It’s normal to feel stress around COVID-19. The  suggests these tips to help you cope:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to the news — including on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body:
    • Try to eat balanced meals
    • Exercise regularly
    • Get plenty of sleep
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Make time to unwind with activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about how you’re feeling.

Get Help

猫咪成人视频Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not an indication of weakness.

Experiencing emotional distress due to COVID-19? Call the Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990猫咪成人视频 or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Find a through Mental Health America.

Talking With Kids

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has compiled . Feel free to explore those resources.

猫咪成人视频Here are some general tips from the :

  • Take care of yourself first
  • Watch for unusual behavior
    • Depressed/irritable moods
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Appetite changes
    • Social withdrawal
  • Ask what your child already has heard
  • Limit TV viewing surrounding COVID-19, especially for younger kids

Black Mental Health

When police brutality against Black Americans is at the forefront of the news cycle, depression and anxiety can cause added stress.

If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Pennsylvania’s Commission on African American Affairs gathered the following resources that can help:

Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma

The  suggests these tips for self care when experiencing racial stress or trauma:

  • Self-monitor for signs of stress
  • Restore the well that is you
    • Take a break from social media and the news
    • Fill the depleted well with positive, comforting thoughts and experiences
    • Rest and relax
    • Be intentionally kind and gentle with yourself and those around you
  • Let others replenish the well
    • Ask for help
    • Seek out comfort and conversation with those who love and understand you
  • Stay spiritually grounded with prayer and/or mindfulness
  • Remember your body
    • Practice relaxation techniques (such as deep breathing)
    • Release energy, tension, and strain to the body that comes from carrying stress and trauma
      • Walk, exercise, dance, stretch — whatever suits you!
      • Remember to breathe deeply
  • Stay informed, but monitor how often you’re checking in
    • Periodically turn of the news and tune into self-care
  • Be intentionally kind and gentle with yourself and those around you


Black Mental Health Alliance

The supports the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities.

Looking for a therapist? and someone will follow up with you within 24 hours.

Therapy for Black Girls

This national effort by Dr. Joy presents mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant to Black girls and women.

猫咪成人视频Find a culturally competent therapist by using the .

Vietnamese Outpatient Clinic

猫咪成人视频WES Health System has a specialized outpatient program to meet the needs of Philadelphia’s growing Asian population.

The program provides medication evaluation and consultation, individual and group therapy, and family and couples therapy in a patient’s native language.

The clinic is located at 2514 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. Contact the office at 215-599-2845.

Resources for Everyone

Find the Right Help for You

I'm Experiencing Grief

Coping with loss is overwhelming. It’s normal to experience a wide range of emotions.

Any loss can cause grief, including;

  • A miscarriage
  • Retirement
  • Loved one’s serious illness
  • Loss of safety after trauma
  • Selling or losing your home

猫咪成人视频Please go easy on yourself if you are experiencing grief. It is normal to feel grief from even subtle losses in life.

How To Cope

Mental Health America shares these tips for living with grief:

  • Seek out caring people. Find friends and family who can understand your feelings of loss. Join support groups with others who are experiencing similar losses.
  • Express your feelings. Tell others what is going on with you.
  • Take care of your health. Eat well, get plenty of rest, and reach out to your family physician.
  • Postpone major life changes. You deserve time to adjust to your loss.
  • Be patient. There is no timeline for coping with grief. Please be gentle with yourself.
  • Seek professional help. If your grief is too much to bear, please reach out for help. .

One day the pain will lessen. Until then, if you need extra support, that’s completely normal. Get connected to help and resources in your area through Pennsylvania’s Support and Referral Helpline: 855-284-2494 (TTY: 724-631-5600).

I'm Feeling Stressed

We all experience stress from time to time, but if you are feeling more stressed out than usual or your stress won’t go away, you might want to take action to protect your health.

猫咪成人视频Here are some tips for managing stress from the :

  • Know your body’s response to stress, such as:
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Increased alcohol/substance use
    • Being easily angered
    • Feeling depressed
    • Having low energy
  • Talk to your health care provider
  • Get regular exercise
  • Try a relaxing activity
  • Decide what must get done now and what can wait
  • Say “No” to tasks that make it feel like you’re taking on too much
  • Stay connected with people who can provide emotional support and practical help

If you are feeling overwhelmed, please seek out help. Use and/or  to find therapists, treatment facilities, health care centers, support groups, and more.

I'm Part of the LGBTQ Community

You deserve to feel fully heard and understood when seeking support and resources. There are professionals/organizations that understand the unique experiences that come with being LGBTQ.

Crisis Help

If you are in need of immediate support, please call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386, , or text START to 678-678 to have a text conversation.

Find Support

  • Find the right LGBTQ helpline for you by browsing the .
  • offers help around a number of topics, from healthy relationships, to coming out, to homelessness, and more. Connect with them by text by texting START to 678-678.
  • Call the LGBT National Hotline at 888-843-4564 for confidential peer support and other resources.
  •  is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Call the hotline at 877-565-8860.
  • Browse from the National Center for Transgender Equality.
  • If you’re 50 years old and older, call the LGBT National Senior Hotline at 888-234-7243.

Connect With Other LGBTQ Young People

  • Meet LGBTQ friends with . This space is for LGBTQ young people ages 13 to 24.
  • Join a  on the LGBT National Help Center website. This chatroom is for young people ages 19 and younger.

I'm a Teenager/Young Adult

猫咪成人视频Your struggles are real and valid, and there is so much help available to you.

猫咪成人视频Whatever you are going through, you are absolutely not alone. Even though people your age might not be talking about feeling down, experiencing anxiety, or having other mental health struggles, these issues are common and it’s not your fault that you are experiencing them.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are thinking about harming yourself, please reach out to a trusted adult and/or consider texting the Crisis Text Line: Just text PA to 741741 to get the conversation started.

猫咪成人视频You deserve to feel mentally well. Here are some  so you can start feeling better:

  • Often feel angry or worried
  • Have difficulty sleeping or eating
  • Lost interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Isolating yourself and avoiding social interactions
  • Feeling grief for a long time after a loss or death
  • Using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  • Obsessively exercising, dieting, and/or binge eating
  • Hurting other people or destroying property
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling like you can’t control your emotions
  • Having thoughts of suicide
  • Harming yourself (for example: burning or cutting skin)
  • Thinking your mind is being controlled or is out of control
  • Hearing voices

Helping A Friend

If a friend confides in you that they are considering harming themselves, do not keep it a secret. Reach out to a trusted adult and/or call The Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

The best thing you can do for your friend is intervene, and quickly.

Here are :

  • Share your concerns with your friend. Focus on being nonjudgmental, compassionate, and understanding.
  • Reach out to someone you trust. You don’t need to go at this alone.
  • Offer support. Ask questions like:
    • How can I best support you right now?
    • Can I help you find mental health services and supports?
    • Can I help you with stuff you need to get done?
    • Would you like me to go with you to your appointments? Do you need a ride?
  • Continue being there for your friend. Ways to do that:
    • Regularly check-in with them.
    • Include them in your plans.
    • Learn more about what your friend is going through.
    • Avoid judgmental/dismissive language (such as “snap out of it”)

I've Experienced Violence

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you have experienced violence, it is not your fault. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can begin to feel better.

Coping With Trauma

Trauma can have long-term effects on mental health. You are not alone.

猫咪成人视频It is normal to:

  • Feel anxious, sad, or angry
  • Have trouble concentrating and sleeping
  • Continually think about what happened

If these reactions are interfering with daily activities, you may want to seek some help. Some signs from the that you might need help:

  • Worrying a lot or feeling very anxious, sad, or fearful
  • Crying often
  • Having trouble thinking clearly
  • Feeling angry, resentful, or irritable
  • Having frightening thoughts or flashbacks
  • Having nightmares/difficulty sleeping
  • Avoiding places or people that bring back disturbing memories
  • Becoming isolated

Children might:

  • Wet the bed after having learned to use the toilet
  • Forget how to or be unable to talk
  • Act out the scary event during playtime
  • Become unusually clingy

In addition to reaching out for help if you need it, try to avoid alcohol and other drugs, spend time with supportive loved ones, and maintain normal routines as much as possible.

If you suspect child abuse, report it. Call ChildLine at 800-932-0313. Find other resources on the .

Domestic Violence

If you witness or hear a violent incident, do not ignore it and don’t intervene on your own. Call 911 immediately.

Pennsylvania has more than 50 domestic violence programs to help victims find safety. and/or call the National Helpline at 800-799-7233.

It’s not always easy to identify domestic violence. Here are some warning signs to watch for from the (PCADV):

  • Name calling/demeaning comments
  • Seeming “too good to be true” early in the relationship
  • Relationship advances quickly
  • Threatens to harm/kill you, your pets, or family members
  • Blames you for the abusive behavior
  • Prevents you from spending time with loved ones
  • Restricts access to financial resources

Worried you might be in an abusive relationship? Take the from PCADV.

Sexual Violence

If someone comes to you to say they have experienced sexual violence, the most important thing you can do is remain calm. Believe them and remind them that it is not their fault.

Pennsylvania’s rape crisis centers provide 24/7 confidential services for those who have experienced sexual assault. with this map from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape or call 888-772-7227 for support and services, including:

  • Crisis counseling
  • Services for family, friends, and partners
  • Information
  • Referrals to other services in your area
  • Prevention education programs

Find more resources through the  — located right here in Pennsylvania.

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I'm a Service Member/Veteran

猫咪成人视频Are you a veteran in crisis or are you concerned about a veteran in crisis? Here’s how to connect with the Veterans Crisis Line:

  • Call 1-800-273-8255, then press 1
  • Send a text to 83825
  • Connect with the  online

Here are three common mental health concerns for military members, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):

  1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    Signs you might be struggling with PTSD include: trouble sleeping, anger, nightmares, being jumpy, and alcohol and drug abuse.
  2. Depression
    Depression symptoms include: Sleep and appetite changes, lack of concentration, loss of energy, loss of interest in activities, hopelessness, guilty thoughts, physical aches and pains, and suicidal thoughts. If you are thinking about harming yourself, please call the Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, then press 1.
  3. Traumatic Brain Injury
    Signs of a traumatic brain injury include: Difficulty thinking, headaches, fuzzy or blurry vision, irritability, sleep changes, sadness, difficulty remembering new information, and difficulty concentrating.

If you are struggling with any of these concerns, please seek out help.  by searching online.

Learn more about common military mental health concerns and how to help a fellow warrior on the .

Find  on the federal Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Military Sexual Assault

The Department of Defense’s Safe Helpline is here to help survivors of sexual assault. Use the  for live chats, reporting retaliation, and more. Get help by phone at 877-995-5247.

I'm Struggling With A Substance

Substance Use Disorder is a disease, and you deserve to get help for your illness.

Signs that you might need help include:

  • Lack of control/inability to stay away from a substance
  • Decreased socialization
  • Ignoring risk factors
  • Physical effects, such as withdrawal symptoms

Recovery starts with a call. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for information about treatment resources. Your call is confidential. The hotline is staffed by trained professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is available in both English and Spanish.

猫咪成人视频The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has a , as well. Search by ZIP code, county, or statewide for programs that could help you.

猫咪成人视频 to determine if they are right for you.

Online Resources

  • Find resources and/or an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that works for you.

  • Find a video or email meeting.

  • Search for meetings and find the support you need.

  • Narcotics Anonymous offers multi-lingual and multicultural support. Use the website to find meetings and resources.

  • There’s life beyond substance use disorder. Find meetings that are free and open to everyone.

  • Pennsylvania’s online guide of resources for those battling opioids

Someone I Love Has Substance Use Disorder

Starting a conversation about getting help isn’t easy. These  are helpful for talking with your loved one about getting treatment:

  • Think about what you are going to say before you say it. Consider a role-playing practice with someone else.
  • Choose the right time to talk. Your loved one should be sober for this. Avoid having this chat at celebrations and on holidays.
  • Try to be calm and supportive. Your loved one’s life may be in chaos right now. You can be a calming influence.
  • Don’t gang up on the person. It’s important that they feel supported, not threatened.
  • Stick with the facts. A person with substance use disorder has a medical problem. Treatment works, and recovery is possible. Let them know you’re here to help them find a good plan of action.

Supporting Kids

The  educates and supports children and family members to lead healthy lives despite being hurt by substance use disorder. The organization teaches the “seven Cs” for helping kids cope with parental substance use:

I didn’t cause it. I can’t control it, and I can’t cure it.

I can help take care of myself by communicating my feelings, making healthy choices, and celebrating me.

Alateen has chats for young people, ages 13 to 18, who have been affected by someone else’s substance use. .

For Parents

Whether you’ve just discovered your child’s substance use or you need a new approach,  Parent Helpline is here to help you:

  • By text: Text your question to 55753 for a response within 24 hours
  • By phone: Call 1-855-378-4373 to speak with a specialist (9 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. on weekends)
  • By email: 

Knowing the facts猫咪成人视频 can help your child get on the road to recovery:

  • Substance use changes the brain, which can make drug use compulsive.
  • Expecting your child to quit cold turkey is unrealistic.
  • Intervening early is better than waiting for “rock bottom.”
  • Your child can have mixed feelings about treatment, and it still can be effective.
  • Resumed use is common and often occurs before achieving long-term recovery.
  • Positive behavior and communication skills are more effective than punishment.
  • It’s crucial to find the best treatment for your child’s unique needs.
  • Medication-assisted treatment is the gold standard of care for opioid use disorder.
  • Using person-first language is proven to reduce stigma and improve treatment.

This crisis toolkit has  of loved ones with substance use disorder.

Support on Social Media

猫咪成人视频Get helpful, up-to-date resources by following the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs on  and .

Improving Mental Health Statewide

Reach Out PA

猫咪成人视频In January 2020, Governor Wolf announced an initiative called . This initiative is aimed at expanding health care access and ending the stigma that comes with reaching out for help.

猫咪成人视频Tell the governor’s administration what would help you better your mental health by filling out the .

Suicide Prevention Task Force

猫咪成人视频Governor Wolf started a first-of-its-kind in 2019. The task force is focused on reducing the rate of suicide in Pennsylvania.

If you or someone you love is in crisis or you are considering harming yourself, free help is available 24/7 through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Training for First Responders

猫咪成人视频Pennsylvania recently rolled out for fire, emergency, and rescue personnel.

Trauma-Informed Pennsylvania

Governor Wolf released a to guide Pennsylvania on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing centered. The goal is to break the cycle of trauma by setting people on the path to true healing.

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