Mental Health Guide

It's Okay to Not Be Okay. Your Mental Health Matters.

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT.

Please know that you are not alone.

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. Resources are available 24/7.

24/7 Help is Available

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out for help.

  • Call 911: If there is an immediate risk of endangering oneself or others, contact 911. Inform the operator that you are calling about a mental health crisis.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to start the conversation 24/7.
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
    If you or someone you care about is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call the Lifeline. (Español: 888-628-9454)
  • PA Crisis Hotlines: Find a crisis line in your county.
  • PA Support & Referral Hotline: 1-855-284-2494 (TTY:724-631-5600)
    The Department of Human Services’ mental health support and referral helpline is available 24/7 and is a free resource staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers available to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    1-800-985-5990 or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746
    If you are experiencing emotional distress due to COVID-19, the Disaster Distress Helpline can connect you with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Get Connected to Help  

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:

  • Get Help Now Helpline — 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    A toll-free helpline maintained through the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) that connects callers looking for treatment options for themselves or a loved one to resources in their community. Calls are anonymous and available 24/7.
  • Find Treatment Near You:  DDAP Treatment Search
    The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ (DDAP) search engine allows you to search by ZIP code, county, or statewide for programs that could help you.
  • Naloxone Standing Order www.pa.gov/opioids
    Naloxone is still available to all Pennsylvanians through a standing order signed by Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson. Carrying naloxone on-hand at all times can be a life-saving action.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 
    Find resources and/or meeting that works for you.
  • Cocaine Anonymous 
    Find a video or email meeting.
  • Narcotics Anonymous 
    Narcotics Anonymous offers multi-lingual and multicultural support. Use the website to find meetings and resources.
  • SMART Recovery 
    There’s life beyond substance use disorder. Find meetings that are free and open to everyone.
  • Treating Heroin and Opioid Use Disorder
    Pennsylvania’s online guide of resources for those battling opioids
  • SOLO: Strengthening Older Lives Online
    The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Council on Aging (PCoA) released an interactive guide with information and resources to help older adults cultivate a healthy mind, body and spirit amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic