Get Immediate Help
If a situation is potentially life-threatening, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you are in crisis, and need immediate support or intervention, call the number or click the website above. Calls are confidential and toll-free. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will connect you with your local crisis center. The lifeline provides support for people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you or someone you know.Contact the lifeline if you or someone you know is suicidal. You can also learn how to tell if someone is suicidal; how to create a safety plan to help get past suicidal thoughts; and find stories and videos about hope and recovery.
- CRISIS TEXT LINE Text START to 741 741. Crisis text line connects individuals in a crisis situation with trained counselors. Those who use the text line receive quick care via texting and have their concerns validated, often resulting in taking the heat out of a tense moment. The crisis text line has received and responded to over 15 million texts to date. Anonymous data from texts is fed into a database, then algorithms are run to determine patterns such as the most challenging times of day for people with various problems (i.e. substance abuse, depression, anorexia, etc.) These trends are available to educate the public at www.crisistrends.org.
Pittsburgh/Allegheny County & Pennsylvania—Local Help :
- re:solve Crisis Network—for residents of City of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County, PA 1-888-7-YOU CAN (1-888-796-8226) re:solve Crisis Network provides 24/7, mental health crisis intervention and stabilization services for residents of Allegheny County/City of Pittsburgh. You can call re:solve at any day, any time, for any reason. They offer telephone, mobile, walk-in, and residential services.
- Pennsylvania suicide hotlines: See this website for listings of crisis hotlines in counties all across Pennsylvania.
Other Informative & Helpful Resources:
- Mental Health Resources for Adolescents– Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
- Mental Health Resources for Parents of young people– Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
- STAR Center Pittsburgh (Services for Teens At Risk)
- Children’s Hospital’s Adolescent Clinic
- Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Resource Guides The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) maintains the above web page which compiles helpful resource guides. Mid-way down the page, you will find the “Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Resource Guide,” “Where to Call Directory of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services,” and “Taking Charge of Your Child’s Mental Health—A Parent’s Guide” among other guides.
- Pennsylvania 211 United Way Southwest PA 211 Southwest is part of the national 211 Call Centers initiative that seeks to provide an easy-to-remember telephone number and web resource for finding health and human services. For example, you can click the link above, go to “Browse by Service Need,” and then click service needs like “Mental Health,” Substance Abuse,” or “Crisis,” among many other services, to find or learn about helpful resources in the area.
- Mental Health and Substance Misuse Treatment Locator Go to the link above and enter your location to find substance abuse services, health care centers, and mental health centers nearby via a Google Map. Once you enter your location to view the centers on the map, you can also click “More Information” to learn about the treatment approaches, age groups accepted, payment and insurances accepted, and services at each center.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southwestern Pennsylvania NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania offers a variety of support services, educational programs, and advocacy activities for anyone affected by mental illness. Go to the link above to learn about family support groups and resources.
- Allegheny Family Network—for residents of Allegheny County, PA Allegheny Family Networks supports and partners with families raising children who have emotional and mental health needs in order to improve their quality of life. They offer a chat line, programs, family support groups, special events, and training.
Free Depression awareness APP for Adolescents: m-ADAP Depression Education mADAP Depression Education From the official description: “The mADAP app is created by the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to provide education about adolescent depression. The app includes videos from expert faculty talking about various topics relevant to anyone who may be having, or know someone, with symptoms of Major Depression – a treatable medical illness. The material is adapted from the ADAP program (Adolescent Depression Awareness Program) which is an education curriculum used in many schools across the country for adolescent depression education. Learn about the symptoms of major depression and how it is diagnosed, why talking to a professional is important, why treatment matters, and the steps to take to act and seek care.”
Free Resiliency Quiz for all ages: The Resiliency Quiz The Resiliency Quiz was developed by Nan Henderson, MSW for anyone—teens, adults, seniors—to assess and strengthen the resilience-building conditions in their lives. Use it for yourself or as a tool to help others you care about build their resilience.
Interactive websites for adolescents and parents:
- SOVA (Supporting Our Valued Adolescents—site for young people)
- Wise SOVA (corresponding site for parents)
- SOVA Project (articles featuring other helpful resources)
The goal of these sites is to decrease negative health beliefs about depression and anxiety, increase feelings of social support, and improve parent-teen communication. The anonymous sites are moderated 24-7 by a team of mental health professionals, and engagement with the sites is strongly encouraged (i.e. posting, commenting, etc.).
Please note: this is not a comprehensive list of mental health resources. If you need more information, please reach out to a medical professional for assistance.