There's Help All Around You

We’re glad you saw the “Help All Around You” posters in your school!

Information and resources are here for you to explore and learn about teen mental health. If you are ever feeling confused or worried about your mental health (or that of a friend), just know this: There’s help all around you.

FACT: Mental health challenges are common—1 in 5 youth will experience a mental health challenge each year (such as depression or anxiety). But HAVE HOPE—treatment can help things feel better!

When your thoughts are heavy, seeking help can lift the burden. You don’t have to face your feelings alone- there are many people who can guide you to helpful resources. Reach out to: a parent or family member, teachers, coaches, friends, your healthcare provider, or other trusted adults.

Now that you are here, please take the time to check out these resources on teen mental health. Mental health is just as vital as physical health, and we need both to be our healthiest!

TODAY is a good time to learn more, seek help, have an open conversation, end stigma and start taking steps to be healthier!

The Jed Foundation has lots of links (these are just a few) to help teens learn about mental health:

Learn about “Resilience” from The Jed Foundation—resilience means bouncing back when faced with problems and challenges:

SOVA Project (Supporting Our Valued Adolescents) – an online place to learn, share your strength, be positive, and grow. Read blog posts and see more resources about mental health.

In Crisis?

If a situation is potentially life-threatening, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.

Also, call these phone numbers or visit these websites:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Your call will be answered by a trained professional, 24/7.
  • 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.

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. You can call re:solve at any day, any time, for any reason.

National Institute of Mental Health explains Teen Depression:

American Psychiatric Association’s survey to check-up on your mental health:

Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine explains their services for teens:

“Stand Together” project of Allegheny County’s Office of Behavioral Health—Stand Together is a mental health program which can be started in area middle and high schools:

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine provides resources for youth at this site:

A phone App for teens to learn about depression/anxiety: “ADAP” from John’s Hopkins Medicine:

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance provides info and resources for young adults age 18 and up: