Call for help before a difficult situation becomes a true crisis. These Pittsburgh help and crisis intervention hotlines are available to help anyone affected by violence, domestic abuse, rape, child abuse, addiction, mental health issues, suicidal thoughts, poisoning, and more. Find shelter, talk to a counselor, and get free help in Pittsburgh 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
All Allegheny County residents are eligible for crisis counseling and support 365 days a year from a trained phone counselor through the re: solve Crisis Network. If it is determined necessary, a Mobile Crisis Intervention Team will be sent to the person's location. This help is available for anyone feeling overwhelmed with life or someone who is just lonely and needs to talk. Voluntary mental health services are provided regardless of age or ability to pay.
Telephone: 1-888-7-YOUCAN (1-888-796-8226)
Supportive listening, help, and peer support for anyone age 18 or over who is in need of emotional support or just someone who will listen. Staffed by trained mental health consumers, the service provides peer support by phone. Note that this is a warmline and not for immediate crisis support; it operates from 10:00 a.m. to midnight ET daily. Referrals may be made for those needing additional services.
Telephone: 1-866-661-WARM (1-866-661-9276)
PAAR is a 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, and advocacy resource for victims of sexual assault and abuse. PAAR offers assistance to women, men, the elderly, friends and family of victims, and non-English speakers. Services are completely confidential.
Telephone: 1-866-ENDRAPE (1-866-363-7273)
Report child abuse or neglect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Pennsylvania ChildLine and Abuse Registry, known as ChildLine, accepts and assigns reports of child and student abuse to county children and youth agencies for investigation. If you are concerned about anyone under the age of 18, you can call the ChildLine anonymously—you don't have to give your name.
Telephone: 1-800-932-0313 or 412-473-2000
If you are concerned about a person 60 years or older, call the 24-hour hotline of the Allegheny County Department of Protective Services. The service is available for reporting abuse, financial exploitation, abandonment, or neglect (including self-neglect) of older adults. Reporters may remain anonymous.
1-800-344-4319 or 412-350-6905
Ask questions and get help with poison emergencies. Phones are staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year by specially trained clinical toxicology nurses. There is no fee to the public for this service.
Telephone: 1-800-222-1222 (emergency help)
The Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, temporary shelter, counseling and support groups, advocacy, and support services for women victims of domestic violence and their children. Safe harbor is offered to women who have experienced physical and/or emotional abuse from a partner.