Mental Health and Wellness Resources
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Communicating with family, friends, and neighbors over the phone or online can help ease feelings of anxiety and loneliness while stuck at home. Simple behaviors to support mental health and wellness also include taking a walk outside, stretching and breathing exercises, meditation and mindfulness, and limiting excessive exposure to the media coverage.
Last updated May 14, 2020.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255; chat at suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: 800.985.5990; text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Crisis Text Line: text TALK to 741-741
- In an emergency, always dial 911
- 211 Lake County: call 211; text zip code to 898211; visit 211lakecounty.org
Confidential Mental Health and Crisis Phone/Text Lines
Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. There are many resources available online for anyone struggling with mental or emotional wellness or in need of support.
COVID-19 Emotional Support: Call4Calm
Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a free emotional support text line for Illinoisans experiencing stress related to COVID-19: Call4Calm. This isn’t a crisis hotline, but a source of support. To speak to a counselor, text TALK to 552020, or HABLAR for Spanish speakers.
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a Disaster Distress Helpline that provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Call Toll Free: 1.800.985.5990 (English and español).
SMS: Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
SMS: “Hablanos” al 66746
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness for everyone struggling with mental illness: adults, children and teens, veterans, family with a loved one in need of support, etc. Visit their website at www.nami.org/Find-Support for more information or visit the NAMI website for COVID-19 focused support resources.
The Jossleyn Center in Northfield offers comprehensive mental health and psychiatric services on a sliding fee scale to help low-income clients. They are currently taking new patients and providing services via online video conferencing through ZOOM. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 847.441.5600, ext. 156 or visit their website.
Domestic Violence Resources
If you or someone you know is living in danger or in an abusive atmosphere, help is available.
North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic
The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic provides confidential, accessible, high-quality, pro-bono assistance, particularly to domestic violence victims and those that wish to help them. The Clinic continues to schedule individual and family phone appointments for intakes and follow-up meetings.
Courts remain open for Orders of Protection or for other emergency relief and Clinic attorneys are ready and available to go to court if needed. Please help spread the word about these essential services by sharing NS Legal Aid Clinic's flyers in English and Spanish.
The Clinic may be reached at 847-737-4042 or info@NSLegalAid.org. Visit us at www.NSLegalAid.org.
Assistance is also available 24/7 via the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799.7233, online at thehotline.org, or by texting LOVEIS to 22522.
Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline
On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Governor Prtizker announced an expansion of services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. As a result, individuals can now call the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline for shelter needs. IDHS is also working with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence to establish an emergency fund to support local providers with assistance needs related to COVID-19.
Survivors of Sexual Assault
Help is also available for survivors of sexual assault via RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline at .
Staying physically active is a great way to manage stress.
Park District of Highland Park
The Park District of Highland Park has compiled a list of activities to promote fitness while staying home, with suggestions for fun physical activity for all ages, video workouts, and more.
Move Your Way Campaign
Move Your Way is a physical activity campaign from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote the recommendations from the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The Move Your Way tools, videos, and fact sheets on this page have tips that make it easier to get a little more active. And small changes can add up to big health benefits! Learn more here.
Managing Stress & Anxiety
CDC Guidelines for Manging and Recognizing Stress
- Share facts, not fiction
- Taking care of emotional health
- Helping children cope in a disaster
- Resources for first responders
NIMH Resources for Coping with Coronavirus
US Department of Veterans Affairs Resources for Veterans
Helping Children Understand COVID-19
Talking With Children About COVID-19
Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
National Association of School Psychologists/National Association of School Nurses
Talking to Children About COVID-19
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Resources for Helping Kids and Parents Cope Amidst COVID-19