MAY 2020-


Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | CDC
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Child Mind Institute
Helping Children Cope with Emergencies - CDC
Mental Health America
- resources for anxiety, connecting with others, parents, and caregivers.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) - resources for anxiety, isolation, caring for individuals with mental illnesses.


PA 211
If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, Pennsylvania 211 is a great place to start. From help with a utility bill to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to #898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free. Our specialists will listen to your needs, and give you information on programs in your community that might be able to help. - This website is accessible in numerous languages! This site is a compilation of information to assist businesses, non-profits, and employees with resources and information.

Mobile Crisis and Phone access to Crisis Counselors:
TrueNorth Wellness Crisis Intervention - 1-866-325-0339 or 717-632-4900 (for youth experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal ideation).

MH Crisis Walk-in Services:
TrueNorth Wellness Walk-in Clinic, 33 Frederick Street, Hanover. Call 717-632-4900 for hours.

Wellspan Crisis Walk-in Clinic,1101 Edgar Street, Suite C York. Call 717-851-5320 for hours.

York Hospital, Hanover Hospital, and UPMC Memorial Emergency Departments
have 24/7 Crisis Intervention Services available, but due to the influx the departments may have with COVID-19 cases, you may want to avoid these locations unless you have no other options.

YWCA - For victims of abuse - home is not always the safest place to be and while social distancing their safety may be at risk. For anyone that would want to talk please call the YWCA York's 24/7 hotline at 717-846-5400 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. If you are not able to talk safely you can text LOVEIS to 22522 or log onto Remember you are not alone.

Warmlines for emotional support
Local United Way - 1-800-932-4614
PA Mental Help Support & Referral Line - 1-855-284-2494
Nami (National Alliance on Mental Health) - 1-800-950-6264
Local Nami York Chapter - 717-848-3784

Call and Text Hotlines:
Crisis Text Line - Text PA to 741-741 (Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week) for any type of crisis - run by trained volunteers who provide support and assess needs.

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 (Available 24 Hours a day/7 days a week) Provide assistance to people of all ages in immediate crisis via trained counselors who listen to the problems and connect them with local resources.

Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio - 1-888-628-9454

Veterans crisis line - 1-800-273-8255 press (#1)

The Disaster Distress Helpline -  1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

TREVORLIFELINE - 1-866-488-7386 (Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for LGBTQ+ young people in crisis, feeling suicidal or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.

The Curve, an LGBT youth group for teens 14-21 here in York. We understand that your school is currently closed due to the coronavirus and we would like to let you know that we can still offer your teens some resources during this time. To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, we are replacing our usual in-person meetings with video conference calls on a program called "Blue Jeans." We will continue to teach lessons, but will also be using this time to create a space where teens can talk about mental health during this time of isolation and extreme changes to their normal schedules and routines. To get the link to our calls, your students can directly message us on Instagram (@thecurveyork) or on Facebook / or email our Curve facilitator, Lotte Brewer, directly at
Our e-meetings will take place Thursdays 5:00 pm-7:00 pm until we've been told it's safe to switch back to meeting in person. The Curve is also a program at Planned Parenthood York and if you or any of your students have questions about receiving our services at this time, they can reach out to us through those platforms as well.

West York Area School District

Pupil Service phone numbers

*Available for parent contact during the school day between 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.*

High School:

Rachel Smethers, Counselor, 717-887-3523

Heidi Tison, Counselor, 717-887-3757

Elliott Leonard, Counselor, 717-887-3186


Middle School:

Kelly Reh, Counselor, 717-793-0729

Jessica Oakhem, Counselor, 717-887-3150



Melissa Gordon, Counselor, 717-683-8425



Vanessa Bicher, Counselor, 717-887-3219



Jen Unger, Counselor, 717-683-9522


Jenn Ferber, HS, 717-659-3409

Cindy Rose, MS & Trimmer, 717-793-0399

Melissa Franklin, Lincolnway & Wallace, 717-779-5642


Social Worker

Juliana Hickey,  717-880-2652

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The York County System of Care, in cooperation with York County Human Services, has put together several PSAs focusing on Mental Health Awareness Month. 

PSAs Focusing on

Mental Health Awareness Month:

Below are links to four videos that focus on mental health for teens, and a video to help parents see signs that their child may be struggling.


PSA videos that appeal to the youth focusing on Covid-19:


Trying to cope & adjust to a new “normal”. Take the time to think about your feelings.



The COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we live, work, learn & engage our community.  Let's stand together.

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