If you or a loved one is in mental health crisis, CALL:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
- Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline [suicidepreventionlifeline.org] connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.
Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:
- Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
- 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
- Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Helpline – 1-888-772-7227
- National Domestic Violence Helpline – 1-800-799-7233
- Lehigh County Crisis & Intervention Hotline – 610-782-3127
- Northampton County Crisis & Intervention Hotline – 610-252-9060
Kids Peace provides free walk-in services for community member, adults and youth, in need of mental health assessments: locations include Broadway Campus in Bethlehem, Green Street or Sacred Heart in Allentown.
If you or a loved one is struggling and needs someone to talk to, CALL:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine – 1-800-950-6264
- Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Crisis Text Line [crisistextline.org] – Text NAMI to 741-741
- The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers do not provide mental health counseling services or referrals to local behavioral health services.
Pinebrook Family Answers Warm Hotline – 610-820-8451
- The Warmline accepts calls between 6:00 AM and 2:00 AM seven days a week for Lehigh Valley adults challenged by loneliness, confusion, and other mental health concerns, or who need information about available services.
Northampton County Peer Line – 1-855-727-3377
- A 24 hours/7 days per week toll-free number for individuals in Northampton County who are seeking a listening ear for additional support in their recovery from mental illness.
Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) – 855-284-2494
- The Warmline is available 24 hours/7 days per week for staff and clients to help people cope with current stressors.
Kids Peace – Teen Central
- You can find information on a variety of topics. You can also submit a story or post about any crisis, problem or situation you’re struggling with and receive a therapeutic support response within 24 hours, safely, anonymously, and free of charge.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) – 1-855-284-2494 (For TTY, dial 724-631-5600)
- Available 24/7; The Department of Human Services (DHS) launched a statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate staff who will assist Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.
For those in recovery programs, here are helpful links to stay supported and connected Virtually:
- Meeting Guide is a free of charge meeting finder app for iOS and Android that provides meeting information from A.A. service entities.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics online meetings
- Unity Recovery – Recovery Community Organization
- Unity Recovery is now offering online recovery support groups which will be available five times daily at 7AM, 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, 6PM, 9PM, and 11PM EST.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America – Online Support Group
- NAMI Lehigh Valley Online Support Group
- NA Meetings
- Information on Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs in Northampton County
- Information on Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs in Lehigh County
Emotional Wellness & Mindfulness Resources:
- Magellan Behavioral Health
- If you’re having difficulty sleeping due to stress or anxiety, try this free on-line evidence based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program.
- SAMHSA – Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
- NAMI’s COVID-19 Resource Guide
- Mindfulness Exercises – Free mindfulness and meditation exercises
- The National Child Trauma Stress Network (NCTSN) – Guide to supporting your children and families during COVID 19 crisis
- The National Child Trauma Stress Network created this guide to assist in how to help families cope with these uncertain times.
- Arkansas Families First – Tips to switch negative thinking to positive, affirming thoughts
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- National Council of Behavioral Health – Tips on How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing from the National Council of Behavioral Health
- UNICEF – 6 strategies for teens facing a new (temporary) normal.
- Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) – Managing Stress During COVID-19
- Valley Youth House – Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event tips
Helpful Apps to Promote Emotional and Mental Wellness:
- A free app utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help people struggling with depression, anxiety and stress.
Happify – For IOS and Android
- A free app that helps train your brain to overcome negative thinking and provides mood training through games and activities
- A free app designed for teens and young adults to help alleviate anxiety and stress.
Healthy Minds Program – For IOS and Android
- A free mindfulness and meditation app
Lehigh County – Technology to Boost Mental Health for Kids
Helpful Resources for Parents and Caregivers to Promote Positive Behavior
- The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need with 8 expert tips to help families stay regulated
- A Survival Guide for Parenting Through the Global Pandemic
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Positive Parenting Tips
YOLO County Children’s Alliance – Strategies To Handle Challenging Behavior in Children
UNICEF Kid Power – Fun Brain Break Activities for Kids
The Comprehensible Classroom – Fun Brain Breaks for Kids
If you or a loved one is in need of basic needs (food, clothing, housing, rent or utilities assistance, childcare, etc.):
** For Updates on current behavioral health and substance abuse and recovery services with specific providers in the Lehigh Valley, please go to the Magellan Behavioral Health of PA website for provider updates. This link will be updated every few days with any provider service changes due to the coronavirus health crisis.
For Behavioral Health & Addiction and Recovery Providers:
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Resources to support your clients
- Clearly Clinical
- This 1-hour podcast talks about the psychological impact on your clients and communities (1 free CE is available).
- National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (nicabm)
- This short video presents a 3-step approach to assisting clients in uncertain times.
Resources to promote Self-Care
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Valley Youth House – Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty
Resources to promote Team Care
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- EducationFirst – Tips for use when managing teams online.