Find CDPH Mental Health Services
To find mental health services near you, go to Chicago Connects.
- Chicago Connects provides listings of clinics and hospitals providing mental health services.
- Chicago Connects has information on 24-hour hotlines.
- Chicago Connects shares information about mental illness.
- Chicago Connects has information on peer support groups.
- Chicago Connects also has information about substance use disorders.
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:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a mental health problem:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
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, 9 am – 5 pm)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8255 (trained counselors available 24 hours a day/7 days a week)
- Illinois Warm Line - 1.866.359.7953