Basic Needs Resources
HERE is a list of resources that is being regularly updated by our School Social Workers, including financial help, food pantries, places to help with supplies, internet/utility discounts and programs, and more.
Mental Health Resources:
Many of the Mental Health Agencies in our local area are offering telephonic therapy or teleconference therapy. Please visit this website for more information: www.lancastercountybhds.org, or reach out to your school counselor for ideas.
Mental Health and Crisis Line: We’re in an unprecedented time for everyone. It’s uncertain and very scary. This fear is completely understandable, and the indefinite timeline is likely creating a lot of anxiety during a time where we may be or feel more removed from our support networks. But social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, and we want people to know that even as we all face this difficult period, no one is alone. Beginning at 6 p.m. on April 1 the Center for Community Resources will offer a 24/7 mental health and crisis support line for people dealing with anxiety or other difficult emotions. Callers will be able to speak with staff who are trained in trauma-informed principles and will listen, assess the person’s needs, triage, and refer to other local supports and professionals as needed. The Mental Health Support Line can be reached toll-free, 24/7 at 1-855-284-2494.
Lancaster County Crisis Intervention – (717) 394-2631
Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741741
Wellspan Philhaven Access Center – (717) 273-8871
Lancaster County Mental Health America – (717) 397-7461
United Way of Lancaster County – 211
Compass Mark Community (717) 299-2831
Coping Kids & Teens, a program with the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss, is a local resource to support the needs of children, teens and families impacted by serious illness and loss through individual and group grief support services. As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in an effort to ensure everyone’s health and safety, we are temporarily suspending events and in-person support groups.We are offering virtual counseling sessions and support groups through Zoom (similar to Facetime for those using iPhones) for children, teens and families. Phone support continues to be available for the bereaved as well as school and community professionals who have questions about our services or are seeking resources to share. There is no cost to participate in our services. Please call the Pathways Center at (717) 391-2413 or (800) 924-7610 to request the log-in address or phone number to participate via Zoom.As of today, we still hope to hold Camp Chimaqua, an overnight weekend camp for grieving children (ages 6-12) on May 29 – May 31. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Pathways Center to request an application or click here.
Websites To Help You Cope With Stress and Anxiety:
- GoZen: Programs to Manage Stress & Build Resilience for Kids
- Mindfulness Exercises for Kids & Families
- Body Scan Meditation for Kids
- Guided Breathing Exercises
- Mindful Mediation Videos
- Stress-Relief Guided Breathing Exercise