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

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WHTM) – For many people, the happiest days of the year are approaching this holiday season, but for some, that’s not the case. Alternatively, the holiday season can bring feelings of sadness or loneliness.

Multiple departments of the Wolf Department have come together to remind Pennsylvanians of the resources available to individuals and families affected by mental health and substance use disorders this holiday season.

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“This is a joyful 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 people who are grieving, anxious, isolated, or have a substance use disorder that there is no There are always resources available to help,” said DDAP Secretary Jane Smith.

Join DDAP with the Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, and the Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform to highlight services that are available year-round, “but often in increased demand during the holiday season.”

To view the Mental Health Resource Guide, which provides information regarding mental health screenings, find 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, regardless of whether you are insured, underinsured, or underinsured,” Smith added.

They are even there 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. Additionally, more information to help can be found at

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