Behavioral Health Resources
Starting on July 16th, 2022, individuals experiencing a crisis or any other kind of emotional distress- whether that is related to suicide, mental health and/or substance use crisis can dial 988 for support. The Lifeline provides information and support to concerned family, friends, and caregivers as well. At the beginning of the call, callers have the option to select the Veterans Crisis Line or the Spanish language Crisis Line. Callers will receive specialized intervention by trained call takers with advanced training in de-escalation and clinical suicide prevention. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365.
For general 988 information in English: https://bit.ly/3Iz4h8t
For general 988 information in Spanish: https://bit.ly/3ANykYa
The DuPage County Health Department has put together a great and comprehensive list of behavioral health resources that can be found by clicking the button to the left. These include 24/7 urgent crisis resources as well as other mental health assistance.
NAMI Illinois has a number of programming opportunities for those in need of their services, including mental health education courses and virtual/online support groups for adults and families, in both English and Spanish. Click here to learn more about their programs how to sign up. Support groups include groups for those living with mental illness, family and parents of those living with mental illness, and for members of the LGBTQ+ community living with mental illness.
The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 552020, or for Spanish, “HABLAR”. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support. Individuals can also text 552020, with key words such as “unemployment”, “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services.
Phone and text line available for LGBTQ youth to speak confidentially with trained counselors. Call 866-488-7386 or Text START to 678678. Service is available 24/7 and is free of cost. More resources and information are available on the Trevor Project website including educational tools (on topics like sexual orientation, gender identity, and mental health) and a space for connecting with other LGBTQ young people.
Catholic Charities of Joliet provides various counseling services across locations in Downers Grove, Joliet, and Kankakee. Individual, group, family, and couples therapy are offered, in addition to specialized services such as anger management groups and preventative education programs. Furthermore, they provide a number of counseling groups for both children and adults. Click here for more information about their services, coverage, and eligibility.
DuPage CRIS has a multitude of resources for various needs, including: abuse counseling, adolescent/youth counseling, crisis help, domestic violence and human trafficking counseling, mental health facilities, information and support services, support groups, evaluation and psychiatric services, as well as substance abuse evaluation, treatment, and support services.
IAFCC (Illinois Association for Free Charitable Clinics) has helped put together a quick sheet full of information about opioids, opioid overdoses, as well as details about treatment centers, naloxone, and community education resources.
Community Memorial Foundation has put together a compilation of community-based and hospital-based behavioral health services located in both DuPage and Cook County. This is a great resource for those looking to find and contact behavioral health providers based on location and need.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Their website includes numerous treatment locator tools as well as phone numbers to crisis hotlines and programs.