If you are in need of county case management services, call Lancaster County Behavioral Health and Development Services (BH/DS) at (717) 393-0421.

For additional information and resources regarding other local mental health services, contact Mental Health America Lancaster County at (717) 397-7461.

MHA also offers a free community lending library featuring books on a variety of mental health topics. Stop by our office to check out a book or browse our selection of titles online here.

For statistics and information about mental health, please check out this infographic created by Bradley University’s Online Master of Arts in Counseling Program: Mental Health Infographic. 

MHA Resources for Covid 19 Support

Resources and  ideas for supporting yourself or a family member through this difficult time. 

Covid 19 Resources in Spanish from BHDS

View documents that have been translated into Spanish related to Covid 19 support and resources.  This resource is provided by BHDS (Behavioral Health & Developmental Services of Lancaster County.

Guided Meditation Video Series

View a series of three videos by MHA Peer Advocate, Sue Tushingham, that guide you through meditations to help get you started in this practice.  The visualizations are the beach, butterflies and a children’s theme called The Tree, the River, and the Canoe Meditation.


External Resources:


Counselor Licensure:  What does it take to be a Counselor?
Learn about online courses and degree programming, how to become a counselor, industry standards for training and salaries – and much more related to an interest in the mental health counseling field.

Online Mental Health Counseling Degrees
This guide helps students understand the degree and provides education about counseling careers.  It also explains the different options in obtaining a mental health counseling degree, along with an in-depth interview in the field, degree information, career and salary information.

College Affordability Guide
Government-collected data is analyzed on 5,000+ colleges and universities in the US to find the programs that are both financially accessible for low-income students and have a track record of positive student outcomes.  Their methodology is based on the idea that paying income-appropriate tuition, completing one’s studies and being able to pay back one’s loans are the key factors of a worthwhile college experience.

Public Health Degrees
Public Health Degrees is dedicated to researching educational opportunities (within public health) to help make the decision to get a public health degree, go back to get your degree, or further your education with a master’s or doctoral degree in public health.

MPH Program Guide for 2017 and Beyond
MPH Program is the best guide for finding a Master of Public Health degree. When looking for an MPH program, first make 100% sure it is accredited. The top accrediting board for MPH programs is the CEPH, or the Council on Education for Public Health.

College Degrees Online
Figuring out which degree to pursue can be a difficult decision. College Degrees Online tries to make it as simple as possible for you to quickly and efficiently find all of the available degrees at colleges in the US. to help with that process.

Online Tutoring for Disabilities
Many students have indicated that they dropped out simply because they didn’t like school.  One solution to overcoming these obstacles is a private tutor.  Personal instruction from a tutor can bridge the gap that sometimes exists between classroom teaching and a student’s unique learning style.   Click the link to learn more about tutoring options.

The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2017
This guide was created to review the best scholarship search platforms and instruct students on how to use them effectively – in order to find as many scholarship opportunities as possible.


Positive Health Wellness
Are you seeking options for support & information on:  healthy eating, belly fat problems, trying to stick to a diet, struggling with eating healthy when you go out, or dealing with the stress and depression which comes with losing weight?   Positive Health Wellness is always there to help you out.

10 Proven Benefits of Yoga for Your Kids
Yoga is an excellent way to borrow “my time” and to feel loved, alive, and free from the technology invasion.  As they say: “logout, shutdown, and do yoga”.  Interestingly enough, a growing number of kids are embracing yoga in their lives.  Visit this link to learn more about ways to connect your children to the benefits of a yoga practice.


Mental Health America (National Affiliate)
MHALC is the local affiliate of the nation’s leading community-based, non-profit that is dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. 

Minority Mental Health (Mental Health America)
Mental health information for minority groups such as Black and African America Communities, Latino/Hispanic Communities, Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities, Native America Communities and LGBTQ Communities.

A Parent’s Guide to Suicide Prevention
The Community for Accredited Online Schools (CFAOS) has an important campaign to help parents of teenagers. The goal of the campaign is to better equip these parents should their teenager — or someone close to them — enter a depressed or suicidal mindset.  Use this resource as a guide to the prevention of suicide.

Understanding Barriers to Minority Mental Healthcare
An article from the Department of Nursing at the University of Southern California

MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov aims to educate and guide the general public, health & emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems and local communities.

The Sanctuary Model
The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture.

Fostering Resilience with Kenneth Ginsburg
Dr. Ginsburg’s work focuses on working with children to teach resilience, build confidence to help them thrive and help them live up to core values with essential goodness,

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
A national leader in suicide prevention and awareness headquartered in New York.  AFSP funds research, creates educational programs, advocates for public policy and supports survivors of suicide loss.

College Guide For Students With Psychiatric Disabilities
BestColleges.com published a resource for high school seniors going to college and currently enrolled college students who struggle with mental illness. According to the website, this research was done by “examining instructional strategies, course accommodations and other campus services designed to serve this population.”

Suicide Prevention in College
Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. This valuable resource guide on emergency assistance will help educate you to be able to learn the warning signs and prevention of suicide in college students.

Understanding Suicide Prevention
Read about the facts, signs, risk factors, and other resources that can help with understanding suicide prevention. Published by BestColleges.com.

The mission of OPEN MINDS is to provide health and human services with payers and provider organizations–and the organizations that serve them–with the market and management knowledge needed to improve their organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Moms’ Mental Health Matters
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Launched this new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after a baby is born. Provided are free resources in English and Spanish, including an action plan, posters and a “conversation starter” postcard.

Recall Report
Recall Report is a leading online recall aggregator with an emphasis on mental health and prescription drugs. Their dedicated and robust health section provides detailed information for various demographics, including men, women, seniors, children, students, veterans, homelessness and other categories. They extensively cover a wide range of health conditions, including important topics like addiction, recovery and rehabilitation.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Chat (free and confidential)
* Or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Dedicated to helping individuals who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse by providing them, and their families, with useful substance abuse information and connecting them to proper treatment options.

Addiction Guide
Addiction affects people from all walks of life: friends, family, children and adults. The Addiction Guide has the available resources and information to learn how to help someone you know struggling with an addiction. 

“Nobody intends to develop an addiction, but every time a drug is abused the dependence grows.”

This groundbreaking website was developed by bringing together experts in substance use treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions.    Their goal is to offer people who are dealing with substance use issues a single source of reputable, objective information about signs, conditions, treatment options, and resources — presented in a user-friendly format and in language that’s easy to understand. 

AddictionCenter – Pennsylvania
AddictionCenter.com is a professional web guide that connects individuals struggling with addiction to treatment options. Over 20 million people in the United States have some sort of addiction and an estimated one hundred people die from drug overdoses daily. Their goal is to provide families and communities with helpful information on substance abuse, addiction and recovery options.

Addiction Resource
Addiction Resource was created to help people struggling with substance abuse and to provide support to their loved ones.  Their goal is to make helpful and verifiable information available on substance abuse, addiction rehab and recovery.  They will direct you to the best sources of help, including The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

No matter your age, background or occupation, an addiction can become a problem to anyone in our communities. A straight-A student decides to try club drugs.  A housewife enjoys a glass of wine on Friday nights.  A business owner wants to share his best marijuana vaporizer with his friends after a long day.  Addiction can begin innocently; then quickly overpower the best of people.  Learn more about the different types of drug rehab programs, the differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment, and more about rehabs in your area using our local rehabs locator.

Recovery Village
Recovery Village is an organization dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and co-occuring disorders. It is their philosophy that all individuals with the desire and ability to seek treatment are provided with the highest quality care for an affordable cost. They also currently have locations in several states across the country.

Lumiere Healing Centers
Lumiere Healing Centers works with individuals and their loved ones throughout the treatment process utilizing evidenced-based addiction treatment to provide the latest techniques to help in the recovery process. They use a strength based approach to treatment to focus on positive strategies and to assist in making positive, lasting changes in the individual’s life.

Their mission is to inform families and patients about the resources and tools to overcome addiction and live a lifelong recovery. Addiction is caused by a variety of factors and mental health is common among people with substance-abuse problems. 

Nearly six out of 10 addicts also suffer from a mental disorder such as ADHD, PTSD or schizophrenia. People who are addicted to drugs are twice as likely to suffer from a mood or anxiety disorder and vice versa;  roughly three quarters of addicts in rehab treatment also suffer from some sort of mental disorder. Furthermore, many drugs of abuse have qualities that can mimic the symptoms of mental illness and the side effects of withdrawal are often diagnosed as mental illness.”

Here are some links to visit if you or someone you know is struggling from: DepressionADHD and PTSD 

Webmd.com – Substance Abuse and Addiction
WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information. This particular resource includes the causes of substance abuse, identifying symptoms, when to seek help, where to go and how to seek the next steps toward recovery.

Elite Rehab Placement
Elite Rehab Placement is a no-cost, full service, drug and alcohol rehab-assistance provider. Their mission is to help you, or a loved one, find the right addiction treatment center for your specific needs. They understand how to work with several of the top rehab centers in the country and your insurance provider on your behalf.  They strive to make sure that you’re placed in the best facility for your specific situation.


Tough Truths You Should Know About Addiction and Depression

Dual Diagnosis: The Relationship Between Anxiety and Addiction while Overcoming Anxiety in Recovery

You Draw it: Just How Bad is the Drug Overdoes Epidemic?

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone and Should Protect Their Brains

Is Your Home an Accomplice for Your Rebellious Teen?

Are You Using Alcohol as a Crutch?

Home After Rehab: The Guide to Finding the Right Place for Recovery


Community Recommended Resources

Our community has been doing a great job of engaging with us and recommending resources. This section is thanks to those who contact us with the hope of helping others.

Depression Resources

Students Against Depression
This organization’s worksheet was developed to help screen for depression.

Learn about Depression Guide
This leading authority, PsyCom.net,  has a long legacy on depression diagnosis & treatment, and is a 30 year old mental health site (Google is now 18 years old) founded by Dr. Ivan Goldberg. 

Exercise and Recovery Resources

Help Guide
This article does a good job explaining how exercise can help you in your road to recovery.

Yoga’s Benefits to Our Mental Health
This is a comprehensive guide that outlines the reasons why yoga is beneficial. 

Exercise and Mental Health
Amazing website that goes into a lot of detail about exercise and mental health.

Bipolar Resources

Depression and Bipolar support Alliance
This website is dedicated to helping you understand your diagnosis and what to do with that information.

Kid and Adolescent Resources for Parents

Everyday Health
Kids can have mental health problems too. It is not just adults. Please be wary of these warning signs.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

A guide on how to take care of yourself if you ever feel suicidal. 

Suicide Prevention Online Learning Center
This site is designed to provide current and evidence-based information to anyone who may come into contact with individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors; including educators, mental health professionals, medical professionals and the general community.

Other Disease and Mental Health

Cerebral Palsy
This website is a fantastic guide to understanding what a cerebral palsy diagnosis means and the associated problems that some people experience. 

This website provides a look into both the mental and physical health of a mesothelioma patient.

This is a link to Psycom Awareness Group’s self-assessment test for Schizophrenia.