Whether someone has recently been diagnosed or has been living with mental illness for most of their life, the experience can be very isolating for individuals, family members, and other loved ones. No one should suffer in silence. No one ought to feel alone. There are incredible resources available for information, current research, ways to access help, and strategies for reducing the stigma and discrimination that has for much too long served as a barrier to individuals getting the care they deserve and being welcomed as valued members of their community. There are many wonderful resources available at the local, state, and national level. The following can help get you started on a positive path:
Bring Change 2 Mind Foundation
Founded by Glenn Close and her family for the purpose of ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
Illinois Crisis and Referral Entry Services (CARES) Crisis Line
Crisis mental health services for children and adolescents; also determines eligibility for Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS), intensive mental health services for individuals who may need hospitalization; and refers to community mental health or other services.
800.345.9049 (TTY: 866.794.0374)
The Kennedy Forum Illinois
Works to reduce stigma and to achieve lasting change in the way mental health and addictions are considered and treated. The Kennedy Forum Illinois aims to revolutionize the way mental health care is addressed in America, ending stigma against mental health and substance use disorders in both attitudes and practice.
Mental Health America (MHA)
Founded in 1909, MHA is dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Information Helpline
Information and referral services Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
800.950.6264 or 312.563.0445 in Chicago
National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
A part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific questions about mental illnesses. Through research, NIMH works to determine what is promising, what helps and why, what doesn’t work, and what is safe. NIMH also communicates with scientists, patients, providers, and the general public about the science of mental illnesses based on the latest research.
866.615.6464 (toll-free) Available in English and Spanish Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals
800.273.TALK (8255) or 800.SUICIDE (784.2433)
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network Crisis Line (RAINN)
24/7 free support for those in crisis and survivors by phone or online through the National Sexual Assault Hotline
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
A Federal agency dedicated to reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
Trevor Project Lifeline
24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24