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Coping with a Crisis

A mental health crisis is any situation in which a person’s actions, feelings, and behaviors can lead to them hurting themselves or others, and/or put them at risk of being unable to care for themselves or function in the community in a healthy manner. There are various situations that can lead to a mental health crisis, including stress at home, like conflicts with loved ones; exposure to trauma; or violence. Stress at school or work and other environmental stressors can also contribute to a mental health crisis.  

If you suspect that you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, call the crisis line for your county. If there is immediate danger of physical harm, you should call 911.


National Suicide Prevention Hotlines

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Text “PA” to 741-741

The 988 Lifeline

 988 is now active across the United States. This new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. To talk with someone over the computer (Please note, the previous 1-800-273-TALK (8255) number will continue to function indefinitely.)

Online resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The Out of the Darkness Walk: The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.  Find a Out of the Darkness Walk near you!

Suicide Prevention Guide 2022

Mental Health First Aid for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

The Recovery Village