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​Mental Health

Mental health in childhood includes reaching developmental and emotional milestones, as well as learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. 

Mental health disorders in children and adolescents are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day. It is estimated that approximately 30% of school aged children will experience a behavioral, mental, or developmental condition in any given year.

This page contains resources for parents, educators, and professionals serving children and youth in the school and community settings. 

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Help is Available 24/7

ChildLine: 1-800-932-0313

Crisis Text Line: Text PA to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

PA Support & Referral Helpline: 1-855-284-2494

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Trevor Project Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Youth: 1-866-488-7386

Visit 211.org

Resource Guide

Access the Mental Health Resource Guide for Pennsylvanians, released by the Wolf Administration during COVID-19. Read the announcement.

Contacts by County in PA

Organized alphabetically by county in Pennsylvania, a list of mental health service providers and contacts is available.