Black Resources & Events

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General Resources

  • Connect to a NAMI Chicago Helpline mental health counselor by calling 311 or directly at 833-626-4244

  • Connect to Bright Star Community Outreach's trauma counseling helpline at 833-TURN-123

  • Connect to free teletherapy services at Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Centers by calling 312-747-1020.

  • For after hours support, contact Crisis Text Line which serves anyone, in any type of crisis, 24-hours a day. Instructions: Text HELLO to: 741741 to access a trained crisis counselor.

  • The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has created a FREE emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals will remain anonymous. Text: TALK to 552020

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a variety of FREE resources if you, a colleague, family member, etc. are feeling overwhelmed about COVID-19 and need someone to talk to. This is a 24/7 service dedicated to emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Text: TALKWITHUS to 66746. Call 1800-985-5990