To assist all Pennsylvanian’s in coping with mental health challenges brought on or made worse by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the PA Dept. of Human Services (DHS) announced the launch of the Support & Referral Helpline.
The Helpline will be staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions as they adapt to possible job losses, family and personal issues, and all other mental health challenges that may arise in these uncertain times. Caseworkers can also refer callers to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.
The toll-free, round-the-clock support line officially went live on Thursday, April 2. The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.
There are many different challenges that each Pennsylvanian is facing as we all face rapid adjustments to our lives. Whatever you are facing, if you need help, reach out to the resources and support that are available to you.
Additional mental health resources include:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
- Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
- Safe2Say (for PA school students): 1-844-723-2729 or www.safe2saypa.org
- Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357