Mental Health Resources

Last updated on May 22, 2022


Call4Calm Hotline

A new, free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, is now available for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division launched the hotline, which connects Illinoisans with the mental health services and other support systems they need.

Text “TALK” to 552020 to connect with a counselor. The service is also available in Spanish by texting “HABLAR” to the same number. Within 24 hours of sending a text to the hotline, residents will receive a call from a counselor at a local community health center. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Individuals can also text 552020 with key words such as “unemployment,” “food” or “shelter” for help navigating state assistance services.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an urgent mental health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Text Line counselor. Both resources are available 24/7.

Text-A-Tip for Students

The COVID-19 outbreak has been hard on everyone, including teens and children, some of whom may be reluctant to share their feelings in person. LEAD (Leading Efforts Against Drugs) provides students in our community with safe, secure, and anonymous 24/7 access to trained, professional counselors. 

Students who have concerns about themselves or a friend can text a code to 844-823-5323 and receive an immediate text response. The codes are specific to schools; however, any student from any school can use any code:

  • District 27: Wildcat
  • District 28: NBJH
  • District 30: NBHelp
  • District 31: Field
  • District 34: ATHELP or SPHELP
  • District 225: GBN Help and GBS Help

Josselyn Center

In addition to continuing its regular services, the Josselyn Center will be offering counseling sessions to first responders and hospital staff free of charge until the COVID-19 outbreak is over. First responders and hospital staff in northern Illinois can call 847-441-5600 x 1 to get started with 3 free therapy sessions by Zoom or phone. The Josselyn Center will collect basic information, and then connect you with a volunteer clinician who will send a secure video conferencing link. Any first responder who would like to continue their sessions will be connected to a Josselyn staff clinician for ongoing support. Learn more about the Josselyn Center here

Mental Health Tips

Take Care of Yourself

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking deep breaths, stretching, or meditation; trying to eat healthy, well-balanced meals; exercising regularly; and getting plenty of sleep. You should also make time to unwind and connect (virtually) with people you trust about how you are feeling.

Find Things To Do/Distractions

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) suggests household chores, such as spring cleaning; free online courses to learn a new skill or language; watching movies or shows; exercising or going for walks; picking up a new hobby, like knitting or painting; and trying out new recipes. 

Help Others 

According to NAMI, the “helper principle” shows that helping others is also a benefit to the helper! Find ways to volunteer in the community here.[FM1] 

Be Mindful Of Your News Consumption

Both the CDC and NAMI suggest taking breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and can be detrimental to your mental health. For some, avoiding the news may cause more stress or nervousness. Watch, listen, or read the news, but be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information.

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