Holiday Mental Health Resources

Dear Pine-Richland Families,
The holiday season is here and is always an exciting time of the year to celebrate with family and friends. For the past year and a half, some of our students, families, and staff have experienced challenges of loss, financial stress, sadness, and emotional distress. The holiday season will also look different for everyone this year. Typical holiday stress compounded with the impact of COVID-19 may cause a substantial increase in stress, anxiety, and depression.
Having extra time over the holiday break can be enjoyable, but it can also increase moments of social media exposure both positive and negative. We encourage you to engage in family-centered activities while also monitoring your child's social media activity.
The following is a list of resources along with links for your children, family, neighbors, and community members to provide extra support:
School-Based Mental Health Counseling
Students in grades K-12 can access outpatient mental health services both in school and through telehealth through a partnership with Holy Family Services. New intakes for outpatient referrals can be completed by contacting either your school counselor and/or Holy Family Services at 412-766-9020, ext. 1222.
Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Students in grades K-12 are supported through this systematic team approach to navigate school and mental health resources for families and remove barriers to a child’s learning and mental health treatment. You can find information about Pine-Richland’s SAP and team members for each school building along with resource numbers here: Student Assistance Program/Overview.
Crisis Center North
The district has a partnership with Crisis Center North to provide support to our students and families counseling services and supports who experienced trauma and/or violence.  
Resources for Families
(Food Resources, Child Care, Shelters, Unemployment Compensation, Utility Assistance, Medical Assistance, & Internet Safety)
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has a list of Resources to Support Families for support, services, and information that can help children and families with their basic needs. PA 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number and web resource for finding health and human services- for everyday needs and crisis situations.  
RAMS Way (K-12)
Pine-Richland has a district-wide positive behavioral support and intervention program - RAMS Way - that encourages a positive school climate for both students and staff members - both virtually and in person.  
How to Get Help
If you recognize or hear info raising concern:
  • As a first option, we recommend our students to talk with one trusted adult at home and school.

  • Call 911 if there is any indication that danger appears immediately.

  • Do NOT leave the child alone until his or her safety is made certain.  
Directly report potential concerns to:
  • The Northern Regional Police Department (911) or anonymously through the Pine-Richland TIPS Line: 724-449-TIPS (8477).

  • Safe2Say: 1-844-SAF2SAY or Safe2Say operates 24/7 and allows one to report a secure and anonymous safety concern to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals before they hurt themselves and/or others.) 
  • Resolve Crisis Network: 1-888-7-YOU CAN (1-888-796-8226): All calls are answered 24/7 by a mental health counselor.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 - All calls answered 24/7 by a mental health counselor.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741-741 to reach a crisis counselor 24/7. The Crisis Text Line is similar to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and other hotlines but allows those in crisis to text rather than call.  
Suicide Prevention & Intervention (K-12)
We encourage all parents, school staff, and students to review the Preventing Youth Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs. Students who are experiencing suicidal ideation often do not directly seek help. Parents, school personnel, and students can help recognize the warning signs and observe changes in behavior. More information on what to look for and do can be found at CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19, Pine-Richland Suicide Prevention and Intervention, and Immediate Crisis Help and Support.
Grief Resources (K-12)
Pine-Richland partners with The Highmark Caring Place to provide support, grief resources and materials, consultation services, educational training, and peer support groups. Please reach out to your school counselor for assistance in getting started. The following are links to some wonderful resources you can reference over the holiday season in the midst of the pandemic and experiencing grief and loss: Grief — BrochuresGrief — Grief and the Holidays and How Do We Celebrate Holidays Now?