Allegheny Family Network

Please visit these videos from Allegheny Family Network for Mental Health Awareness with insights of some of the things Allegheny Family Network is doing to support families during Covid-19. Introduced by Ruth Fox, CEO. Website:

Child & Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) and/or System of Care (SOC) Coordinators

Child & Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) and/or System of Care (SOC) Coordinators in each county can help direct you to the services your child/youth/young adult may be eligible for in your county. Attached is the most recent version in a PDF format.

Child Guidance Resource Centers

Child Guidance Resource Centers is a nonprofit organization that has been providing mental health services for children and families for over 64 years. During this Covid-19 crisis, we wanted to provide a resource kit to help the community deal with this crisis.

Mental Health #10 at 10, which is a 10-minute segment on Facebook live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 AM presented by various therapists from Child Guidance Resource Centers. Also, Proven Techniques for Developing Patience and Managing Stress, Help for Parents and Dealing with Grief.

Coping with COVID as a Family

A video from Maryland Pyramid Model, helping to understand children’s responses to this significant change – and acknowledging that everyone in our houses, including our youngest, are grieving our normal right now. Coping with COVID as a Family.

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress is a WHO stress management guide for coping with adversity. This illustrated guide supports the implementation of WHO’s recommendation for stress management.

Doing what matters in times of stress: an illustrated guide. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2020 Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

Green Lights

The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness about mental health, but more importantly, to spark conversations and fight the stigma surrounding mental health. This is achieved through social messaging and the use of Green Lights to illuminate advocacy for reducing mental health stigma and improved youth and family-driven care.

A webinar was held on Friday, January 17, 2020, to introduce this campaign to the Pennsylvania System of Care Grants and partners, hosted by the PA Care Partnership and York County System of Care. To view the webinar which provided detailed information on how this event rolled out in York County. You can also view PowerPoint for detailed images and additional information.

Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Resources

Infant early childhood mental health is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development.  It is developing capacity of the child from birth to age 5 to:

  • form close and secure interpersonal relationships
  • experience, regulate and express emotions; and
  • explore the environment and learn in the context of family, community, and cultural expectations from young children.

(Adapted from ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers & Families)

PA Keys to Quality (

Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health (


We Are Aevidum. The word Aevidum, which means “I’ve got your back,” was created by students after they lost a classmate to suicide. What started in one tiny school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has now become a nationwide movement.

PA Families Inc.

PA Families Inc. (PFI) is a not-for-profit Statewide Family Network providing support to families raising children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and special needs, as well as serving as an advocate in the different child serving systems.

On their website, they provide a database of resources available throughout the Commonwealth as well as a calendar of events.

PA Families Inc.

Mental Health America

Mental Health Month theme – Tools2Thrive – has taken on a whole new meaning for me over the past couple of months.

At Mental Health America has found thousands of people during these last few weeks who are newly fighting anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. These COVID-19 resources are available to help everyone thrive during challenging times.

We suggest the following testing link may also be a valuable resource:

PA Parent and Family Alliance

PA Parent and Family alliance is a statewide program of the Allegheny Family Network.

They provide resources for children, youth, young adults, families and parents, and more. There are over 400 resources in their Learning Lab.

425 N Craig Street, Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Resilience Journal

This resource is provided by the Allegheny County Trauma Think Tank.

The resiliency journal is available for you to use and to share with the individuals you serve, your family, and friends. It promotes introspection, growth, and resiliency in creative ways.

See, print and share the Resilience Journal.

Student Resources

The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic team process used to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. SAP is designed to assist in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. 

The Jana Marie Foundation. Young people often have the energy, passion and idealism necessary to encourage change and growth in the world. Join Jana Marie Foundation and be a Mental Wellness Activator!

The Trevor Project. Trevor provides valuable resources to young people nationwide who may not have anywhere else to turn to for help. That’s why their work is so incredible—thanks to Trevor’s programs, LGBTQ youth are not alone.

Suicide Resources

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline Network is available 24/7 across the United States at 1-800-273-8255.

The Department of Human Services Suicide Prevention Task Force was created in May 2019. The Wolf Administration announced this first-of-its-kind, statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force to develop Pennsylvania’s statewide suicide prevention plan.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Effective suicide prevention requires multiple approaches. Visit their website to learn more.


My Diagnosis Doesn’t Define Me. A PowerPoint presentation of stories of hope through the transition years. “TAAG” stands for Transition Age Advisory Group. For more information visit


Virtual Drop-In Centers

In place of in-person Drop hours, Youth ERA is providing “Virtual Drops” every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other youth going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support. During Virtual Drop hours, youth can access multiple chat rooms, participate in video game competitions, take cooking classes, do mindfulness exercises, and watch movies, among other activities. Youth can join at

Peer Support on Twitch

Any time a young person tunes in, they will have access to (at least) two state-certified youth peer support specialists, one who will be streaming and the other moderating the chat. This enables our team to engage viewers and respond quickly to youth in crisis. We are also doing daily Grubhub giveaways right now! Youth can tune in at

For the foreseeable future, YouthERA has extended its hours on Twitch and streaming live Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Learn more about Youth ERA.

York County Human Services and York County System of Care

Here’s What I am Doing to Stay Mentally Healthy (coming soon) is a video filled with ideas of ways to self-care that will help you to feel mentally healthy. Thank you to York County Human Services and York County System of Care.

Youth Virtual Drop-In Meetings

3:30-4:30 pm Monday and Friday, led by Youth MOVE PA

Youth MOVE PA is excited to host a series of Youth Virtual Drop-In Meetings that are all about getting some social interaction, even if we can’t go out and do our normal activities like school, sports, going to the game store, or hanging out with our friends.

Meeting link: – Meeting ID: 410-999-098

WEDNESDAY, May 20th, special login for Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 998 3384 8879