Resources for Pennsylvanians impacted by mental health, substance use disorders this holiday season


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — For many people, the happiest days of the year are just around the corner this holiday season, but for some, that is not the case. Rather, the holiday season can bring feelings of sadness or loneliness.

Multiple departments in the Wolf administration came together to remind Pennsylvanians of available resources for individuals and families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders this holiday season.

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“This is a joyous time of year, but it can also be a difficult time of year for many Pennsylvanians for many different reasons. During this holiday season, it is important to remind folks who are struggling with grief, anxiety, isolation or battling a substance use disorder that no one is ever alone; there are always resources available to help,” said Drug and Alcohol Program (DDAP) Secretary Jen Smith.

The DDAP was joined by the Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania Department of Aging, and the Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform to highlight the services available year-round, “but often increasingly needed during the holiday season.”

To view the Mental Health Resources Guide, which offers information related to mental health screenings, finding a mental health professional, and more, click here. There is also a 24-hour phone line that people can call.

“Trained individuals are available on the other end of the line to help navigate local resources and treatment options in your area and that’s regardless if you’re insured, underinsured or uninsured,” Smith added.

They’re there even on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. One phone number is 1-800-662-HELP, but each county also has its own help center. Plus, more information for help can be found at

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