Mental Health & Suicide Services

By Jestine Mayes, publisher Macaroni Kid Johnstown - Laurel Highlands - Altoona March 23, 2022

If you or a loved one are struggling with depression or mental health and need assistance, please reach out to one of the local or national services.

Sometimes talking with someone that is removed from the situation and free of bias can help. 

If you or a loved one are having a mental health emergency CALL 9-1-1 for immediate assistance or go to the nearest emergency department.

Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency.

For situations that are not emergent, please refer to the following resources:

Prevent Suicide PA

Cambria County Crisis

110 Franklin St., Suite 300, Johnstown, PA 15901

Phone: 814-535-8531 or 877-268-9463

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 800-273-TALK (8255); En español 888-628-9454

Use Lifeline Chat on the web

The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis service that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lifeline connects people to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.


Call 800-784-2433

The Trevor Project 

Call 866-488-7386

The Trevor Project offers suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

Call 800-662-4357

SAMHSA offers referrals for substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Crisis Text Line

Text “HELLO” to 741741

The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Veterans Crisis Line

Call 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255

Use Veterans Crisis Chat on the web

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if they are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare.

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call or text 800-985-5990

The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Black Mental Health Alliance

Annually, BMHA provides over 600 referrals to individuals seeking licensed culturally-competent clinicians for behavioral and mental health treatment.

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

Trans Lifeline

Call 877-565-8860

Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for our community that’s been divested from police since day one. We’re run by and for trans people.

National Center for Transgender Equality

Call 202-642-4542

Provides a list of domestic abuse shelters around the United States.

National Coalition of AntiViolence Programs (NCAVP)

National network of service organizations working with LGBTQ people who have been victims of domestic violence


FORGE is a national transgender antiviolence organization

The NW Network

Organization specializing in providing resources for LGBTQ victims of domestic violence, they have an extensive “resource clearinghouse”

For a printable version of our Mental Health Resources, please click HERE.

Macaroni KID Johnstown - Laurel Highlands - Altoona (JLHA), PA is published by Jestine Mayes.