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Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Month resources


Mental health includes emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also determines how we handle stress, relate to others and make healthy choices. When experiencing mental health problems, your thinking, mood and behavior could be affected. If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, help is available.

Crisis Hotlines

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center: 773-296-5380
  • 24-hour crisis and talk line
  • Crisis Line of Fox County: 630-966-9393
  • Crisis and talk line
  • Association for Individual Development
  • Appropriate referral for hospital operator
  • In-Touch (UIC): 312-996-5535
  • Crisis and talk line
  • Open 7 days a week, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • National Hopeline Network: 800-784-2433
  • Crisis and talk line
  • Connected with National Suicide Prevention hotline
  • National Suicide Prevention: 800-273-8255
  • Crisis and talk line
  • Nineline: 800-999-9999
  • Crisis and talk line
  • Suicide Prevention: 800-248-7475
  • Suicide prevention
  • Crisis only
  • Resurrection Crisis Line: 708-681-HELP(4357)
  • Crisis and talk line
  • Trilogy Crisis Line: 800-322-8400
  • Psychiatric emergencies and crisis only
  • Psych assessment and referrals
  • Appropriate referral for hospital operator

Talk hotlines

  • Center on Halsted (LGBT): 773-929-4357
  • Some counseling referrals
  • Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Crisis Line Will County: 630-759-4555
  • DHS Warm Line: 866-359-7953
  • Family support for MH & CD recovery issues
  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741-741
  • Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message
  • GLBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564
  • Program of GLBT National Health Center
  • Talk line only
  • Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-656-4673
  • Crisis and talk line for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence
  • National Runaway Switchboard: 800-621-4000 or 800-786-2929
  • Provides brief supportive counseling and problem-solving referrals
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
  • Crisis and talk line for survivors of sexual assault
  • Confidential
  • Entire phone number does not get stored
  • No information about the call is released without consent unless required by law
  • No police reports are made without consent unless required by law
  • Online support available
  • The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 or text "Trevor" to 202-304-1200
  • 24-hour, confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ+ youth
  • Mental illness affects more than 50 million people in the U.S. and impacts every age, race and gender.
  • One in five American adults will struggle with a mental health condition or mental illness this year, and less than half of them receive treatment.
  • One in six American youth experience a mental health condition each year, and only half of them receive treatment.
  • The pandemic has had a significant negative impact on mental health.
  • 65% of Americans are concerned with the stigma around mental health.
  • 52% of Americans say they are familiar with mental health care system.

Just like physical health, improving your mental health takes consistent effort. Below are articles that include tips for improving your and others' mental health.