Let’s talk about mental health
Chicagoans, we hear you – and we’re here for you.
Too often, dealing with a mental health challenge is a silent, internal struggle – but it doesn’t have to be. Even though the moments in which we need help the most can be the hardest ones to ask for it, you’re not alone. We understand that sometimes you need a shoulder to lean on, which is why the City of Chicago is committed to supporting your mental health with the resources it takes to keep our communities well.Find Mental Health Support In My Neighborhood
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Need support? Get to know some possible signs
Mental health challenges are different for everyone, from symptoms to severity, but no matter where you’re at you can always ask for support. It’s important to know how to recognize some common signs that signal it’s time to seek help. Here are some things to pay attention to:
Loss of interest in things once enjoyed
Thoughts of suicide
Appetite and weight changes
Aches, pains and headaches
Sleeping too much or too little
Call 311 or NAMI Chicago at 833-626-4244 to speak with someone who can help you find the specific resources you are looking for. You can also search for a therapist here.
There are a number of providers in Chicago that offer mental health services regardless of income, insurance status, immigration status or ability to pay. These include City of Chicago Mental Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and some Community Mental Health Centers. Call 311 or NAMI Chicago at 833-626-4244 to talk to a counselor who can walk you through treatment options, or search the resource directory here
Many mental health agencies provide services for youth and families in their office, schools, communities, or other settings. Services vary by need, so it is important to get started with a provider who can help assess your child’s needs and provide you with a service plan. Call 311, the NAMI hotline, or search here for a provider.
Telehealth means receiving health services remotely via the phone, internet, and/or videoconferencing platforms. Telehealth is secure, confidential, and covered by most insurance plans. Many mental health providers in Chicago offer telehealth. When you contact a provider, ask them if this is something that they are able to provide.
Talking about your own mental health issues can be difficult, even with close friends or family members. However, talking things out can be very helpful and a good reminder that you’re not alone in the feelings you may be experiencing. Talking with someone you trust and being open and honest about what you’re feeling can be liberating. Even if you don’t know the exact right way to talk about it, here are some ways to help put into words what you’re feeling and experiencing (link to signs/ symptoms).