Winter Resources

❄️ from the desks of the MIU IV Social Work Team ❄️

Winter Wellness

❄️ Stay connected with family and friends
❄️ Reach out to your support systems by scheduling a regular call or video chat
❄️ Get outdoors

❄️ Exercise and eat a balanced diet
❄️ Consistent sleep patterns

❄️Engage in calming activities such as reading, meditation, journaling

The holiday season can be a joyous but stressful time of the year. If you need additional support, contact your provider or one of the resources below.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

❄️In a given year, about 5 percent of the U.S. population experiences seasonal depression.
❄️Four out of five people who have seasonal depression are women.
❄️The main age of onset of seasonal depression is between 20 and 30 years of age, however, symptoms can appear earlier.
❄️The prevalence of seasonal depression is anywhere from 0-10 percent of the population, depending on the geographic region.
❄️Typically, the further one is from the equator, the more at risk they are for seasonal depression.
  • Mental Health America


Winter can bring additional hardships. Below are some resources that may be helpful for you or someone you know this winter.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, PA 211 is a great place to start. Contact 211 to access free and confidential crisis and emergency counseling, disaster assistance, food, health care and insurance assistance, stable housing and utility payment assistance, employment services, veteran services, and childcare and family services. Available 24/7

Dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

LIHEAP helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants.


Suspect abuse? Report it!

  • Call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.

  • Childline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive reports of suspected child abuse.
  • Mandated reporters are requested to use the PA Child Welfare Portal to report suspected abuse.
The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors


Local County Resources

County Mental Health Services:

Butler County Community Counseling Center: 724-431-3700

Mercer County Behavioral Health: 724-662-1550

Lawrence County Human Services Center: 724-658-3578

If you are interested in more information or resources, please contact the MIU IV School Social Work team at:

Bryda Drumm, LSW, H&SV

Jennifer Guthrie, LCSW


Sara Joseph, BSW, Social Work Intern



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