Although scheduling a therapy session is a good start, sometimes a person needs immediate help. The following are some resources that are available both locally and nationally to people in crisis.
Crisis and Suicide Resources
911 is the first call to make if you are not able to keep yourself or a loved one safe.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers a crisis line, online chat and other resources on their website:
To chat online with a counselor: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
For the hearing impaired, contact the Lifeline by TTY at: 1-800-799-4889
For children and adolescents in a mental health crisis, the Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) is a collaboration between three State of Illinois departments (DCFS, DHS and HFS) to provide services for those who need public funding. Call them at: 1-800-345-9049. Here is a link to their webpage with more information about the service.
Domestic Violence and Rape Resources
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224
Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park 24 hour crisis line:
Pillars Domestic Violence Hotline:
Pillars Sexual Assault Hotline:
Crisis Center for South Suburbia (708) 429-SAFE (7233)
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline:
Department of Children and Family Services 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline: 800-25-ABUSEor TTY 1-800-358-5117)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helpline:
Or text NAMI to 74174.
I hope that these resources provide the support that you need during your time of crisis.