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Updated: Sep 8

The rapidly changing news, fear of illness, and the impacts of social distancing are likely to have mental health impacts on everyone, especially within households who are already living with mental illness. It is important to check in with yourself and your loved ones, take breaks when you need it, and seek help.


Local Mental Health Resources


NAMI Keystone PA verified on 8/26/2020 NAMI holds virtual groups for various regions in Pennsylvania that are free to register and attend. They also have a comprehensive guide about mental health and COVID-19. NAMI Keystone PA Helpline: 1-888-264-7972

LiveWell Foundation The LiveWell Foundation is a local nonprofit support and counseling service. Led by a diverse group of trained volunteers, LiveWell offers free video-based support groups to offer help to those living with depression and anxiety in the Philadelphia area.

Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services Philadelphia’s Behavioral Health Education Network (BHETN) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services(DBHIDS) are working together to host mental health webinars on Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday. Sessions are open to the public and are catered to managing anxiety, alcohol dependence and withdrawal, supporting children, and promoting self-care.

The Attic verified on 8/26/2020 The Attic provides resources for LGBTQIA+ young adults in the Philadelphia area. They have free counseling that has moved virtually due to COVID-19 still are giving away hot meals and sanitary products in person To inquire about counseling or to make an appointment, please call The Attic’s counseling line at (215) 545-4331 or email counseling@atticyouthcenter.org.

William Way LGBT Community Center From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the Center consistently strives to provide new and innovative programs for the LGBTQIA+ communities throughout Greater Philadelphia. They also offer free peer counseling sessions. Temporary phone number during the pandemic: 267-416-0451


Crisis hotlines

If you need immediate help, please reach out.


Crisis Text Line: Text ‘PA’ to 741741 for help 24/7.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)
Philadelphia Warm-line: 1-855-507-9276 or 1-855-507-3945
Mental Health Delegate hotline: (215) 685-6440
Pennsylvania Support & Referral Helpline for COVID-19: 855-284-2494
PA’s new support helpline run by the Department of Human Services: 855-284-2494
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: 1-800-662-4357
Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255


Online therapy resources

Your college may already be partnered with a teletherapy platform and can provide you a discount. Be sure to look at their student resources or wellness pages to see if they are providing anything.


Healthy Minds Philly verified on 8/30/2020 HealthyMindsPhilly.org is an online tool and resource designed to support and improve the mental health and well-being of all Philadelphians, regardless of zip code, insurance or income status. They also offer free and anonymous online behavioral health screenings.

PhillyMag Virtual Therapy List verified on 8/26/2020 This article contains a list of low-cost and free online therapy options. Some options are free, while others have a sliding scale or a set price per session.

For more online therapy resources and support, check out the Self-Care section of the National COVID College Support Site.


Still in need of help? Check out the other sections of the Philadelphia Local Guide.



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