If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911 or one of the national crisis resources below. 

Mental Health First Aid Courses: Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that can help communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives. The core program, delivered to more than 1 million people across the country through a network of more than 12,000 instructors, has already saved lives and brought hope to many. 

Hope For The Day: If you are looking for a community of folks who are focused on mental health education and suicide prevention, please check out Hope For The Day, an organization that achieves suicide prevention through mental health education and outreach. They offer community, free education opportunities, and beautiful art. One of my all time favorite resources by far.  Hope For The Day is another option for education on how to respond to mental health warning signs. You can look at their upcoming mental health course offerings on their website. You can also read their ” Signs Someone May Need Support” and ” How to be Supportive” articles on the same page. 

National Crisis Resources 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

1–800–273–TALK (1-800-273-8255

This is a crisis hotline that can help with many issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who  feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; or  anyone interested in mental health treatment referrals can call the Lifeline. Callers are  connected with a professional nearby who will talk with them about what they are feeling or  concerns for other family and friends. Call the toll-free Lifeline, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. 

Crisis Text Line 

Text “MHFA” to 741741 

Available 24/7, 365 days a year, this organization helps people with mental health challenges by  connecting callers with trained crisis volunteers who will provide confidential advice, support,  and referrals if needed. 

The Trevor Project 

Call 866-488-7386 or Text “START” to 678678 

Trained counselors available 24/7 to support youth who are in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need  of a safe and judgment free place to talk. Specializing in supporting the LGBTQI+ community. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. 

Finding a Behavioral Health Provider 

The National Council for Behavioral Health

Search for organizations that are committed to providing mental health services to anyone in  the community who needs it regardless of their ability to pay. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

SAMHSA provides information on mental health services and treatment centers through an  online service locator. You can search by your location, whether or not they provide services for  youth, payment options (private insurance, cash, or something else), languages spoken, etc. 

The Breathe Network: The Breathe Network connects survivors of sexual violence with trauma-informed, sliding-scale, holistic healing arts practitioners. We provide training and education for healing arts practitioners in understanding the impacts of sexual violence and how to provide trauma-informed care within their practice.

Affordable Therapy Options Chicago: A generous resource was kind enough to help me find the following affordable therapy options in Chicago. If you are not located in Illinois, and are having a hard time finding affordable therapy, please look at the above resources. 

1. U.I.C has a graduate clinic, the price is based on income. 

2.. The Awakening Center. They have a list of very affordable sliding scale spots. However, there is sometimes a waiting list. 

3. Thrive Counseling Services: Located in Oak Park, they charge on a case by case basis. You can give them a call following this link, and see what options are available to you