Community Mental Health Support During Covid 19

Mental Health Resources in the Philadelphia Area

Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic


Many services which had been held in person are now online.

Weekly mental health and wellness sessions

Philadelphia’s Behavioral Health Education and Training Network and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services are hosting mental health webinars on Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. The calls will discuss topics like stress, coping, self care, alcohol dependence and supporting children amid the COVID-19 outbreak.


Online self-assessment via Healthy Minds Philly

Healthy Minds Philly offers a free online mental health screening tool to help people identify symptoms of behavioral health and substance abuse.


Remote help from experts statewide

Employees of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Keystone PA are working remotely through April 6, but are still answering calls to the helpline (1-888-264-7972) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Voicemails and emails are being monitored during normal business hours.

NAMI also released a comprehensive guide to mental health during the pandemic. The guide includes information about loneliness, anxiety, health care and grief. It details information for people experiencing homelessness, people who have lost a loved one to COVID-19, and people who are caring for someone with mental illness.

In addition, NAMI affiliates in Bucks County, Montgomery County are offering virtual support groups.


Chat line for the Delaware Valley

Mental Health Partnerships, a nonprofit mental health and substance abuse organization with locations in Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs, New Jersey and Delaware, is still running many of its recovery centers, and has made many of its services virtual.

The organization offers a chat line (800-688-4226) where individuals can speak to a certified peer specialist Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Free service for health care workers

The Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center in Bala Cynwyd is offering health care workers helping with the outbreak free teletherapy sessions. Medical workers can contact the center at 610-667-6490 to schedule phone or online sessions.


Virtual substance abuse recovery resources

Unity Recovery is offering free online recovery meetings at least five times daily. The organization is also hosting specialized support videoconferences, for families, women, and LGBTQ people. Meetings are not recorded and attendees can verify their attendance by filling out a form online. 


National and statewide mental health hotlines

For immediate assistance, contact the following crisis hotlines

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
    • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
    • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
    • Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255. Press 1