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January is National Self-help Awareness Month

The Department of Human Services, PA 2-1-1 Southwest, the Allegheny County Library Association and other public service organizations are marking 2015 Self-help Awareness Month by promoting resources of value to teens.  

Resources for Teens 

It’s important to talk with someone when you are troubled. Self-help begins when you take that first step to reach out. Allegheny County has many confidential self-help resources. Don’t hesitate to make a connection. Help is just a conversation or click away.

Self-help Awareness 2015The Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Your school district has a SAP team that specializes in helping students with concerns that relate to mental health and drug and alcohol abuse. The teams can help you with anything that affects you and your well-being. Contact your guidance counselor for more information. 

Suicide Prevention
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
When you need to talk.

re:solve Crisis Response Network
1-888-796-8226 (1-888-7-YOU CAN)
re:solve provides round-the-clock telephone and mobile mental health and D&A crisis intervention services to all Allegheny County residents. You can just walk in, too. re:solve is located at 333 N. Braddock Avenue, 15208.

Crisis Text Line operates to help people just like you when you’re in any type of crisis. It provides access to free, round-the-clock, emotional support and information you need via texts.

Dial 2-1-1 or visit the 211 website to find human and social services in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

StopBullying.gov provides information on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

DHS Bureau of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

General Self-help Resources

Help lines operated by DHS include:

The Allegheny County Health Department can be reached at 412-687-2243 for answers to health-related questions.

Trained specialists can assist you when you call 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 self-help group webpage.

Residents can also discover self-help resources at public libraries, including books, ebooks and other online resources. Many libraries work with community partners to host self-help groups. Call or visit a library today to learn more.