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:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

To chat online with a counselor:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website:

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: 708-386-4225

Pillars Domestic Violence Hotline: 708-485-5254

Pillars Sexual Assault Hotline: 708.482.9600

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:



Child Abuse

Department of Children and Family Services 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline: 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873 or TTY 1-800-358-5117)

Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helpline: 800-950-6264

Or text NAMI to 74174.



I hope that these resources provide the support that you need during your time of crisis.