In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
To find mental health services near you, go to Chicago Connects.
Facts about Mental Illness
Few families in the United States are untouched by mental illness. It is estimated that 18% of adults (over 44 million people) and 13-20% of children or adolescents in the United States experience problems with their mental health.
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a mental health problem:
Mental health disorders are real, common and treatable. Many people diagnosed with mental illness achieve strength and recovery through participating in individual or group treatment. Many different treatment options available, however, not all treatment works for everyone. Individuals can choose the treatment, or combination of treatments, that works best for them.
(Sources: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 17-5044, 2017; National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders among young people: progress and possibilities,2009; mentalhealth.gov.)
National Alliance for Mental Illness-Chicago (NAMI Chicago) Helpline 312-563-0445 (trained counselors available M-F, 9am – 5 pm)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-275-8255 (trained counselors available 24 hours a day/7 days a week)
Mental Health Crisis Intervention/Suicide Prevention - 1-800-248-7475 (trained counselors available 24 hours a day)
Illinois Warm Line - 1-866-359-7953