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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The weather is getting warmer, restrictions are being lifted, and we are returning to offices. It appears that life is beginning to look familiar again.  You may be asking yourself, why don’t I feel excited or happy about these changes?  As we enter May and Mental Health Awareness month, it is important to stay connected to how you feel.  If you are not feeling your best, it’s ok.  Don’t ignore these signs and take care of yourself. It is ok not to feel ok, but there are outlets for help.

Remember two things:

If you or someone you support are struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings it’s OKAY to seek help. In fact, it’s better than okay, it’s wonderful.

Struggling to get started? Here are some resources to get you moving:

Visit Healthy Minds Philly for a list of local events throughout the Southeast Region during the month of May.  

Philadelphia Crisis Hotline:  call 215-685-6440 for immediate, secure, 24-hour support.

Pennsylvania’s Support & Referral Helpline connects Pennsylvanians with mental and emotional support and to local resources.  Call 855-284-2494 (TTY:724-631-5600). https://www.pa.gov/guides/mental-health/#FindHelpandTreatment

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Call the NAMI Help Line at 800-950-6264 or chat with us M-F, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., ET. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741
The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
Use Veterans Crisis Chat on the web
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if they are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare.

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call or text
1-800-985-5990
The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Check in with your local Managed Care Organization to find out what services are offered in your area:

Department of Behavior Health and Intellectual Disability Services: https://dbhids.org

Philadelphia County: Community Behavioral Health: https://cbhphilly.org

Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties:  Magellan Behavioral Health: https://www.magellanofpa.com/

Chester County: Community Care Behavioral Health: https://www.ccbh.com/

Visit https://www.pchc.org/ for up to date community information, behavioral health,  and physical health training and resources.  

  1. You are not alone.
  2. Help is out there.