The Philly HopeLine is a critical resource for local students and caregivers to know about this Mental Health Awareness Month. The free and confidential helpline was launched last May by the School District of Philadelphia and the Uplift Center for Grieving Children to support district children and families feeling isolated during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a recent Philadelphia Tribune article, the helpline continues to receive calls and is funded through the end of this year. The service is staffed by clinicians from Uplift, a Philadelphia non-profit that provides grief support for children and teens.
The Philly HopeLine offers grief and loss support, counseling for COVID-19 related losses, emotional support and dedicated grief support for Spanish speaking and LGBTQ+ youth. There are over 150 languages available through the interpretation line.
Call for free: 1-933-PHL-HOPE (1-833-745-4673)
All Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Holidays, 12-4 p.m.
Hours with Spanish-speaking clinicians: Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hours with queer and trans clinicians: Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.; Fridays, 1-4 p.m.