Find Mental Health Support

Get the help you need, from resources to professionals who you can talk to about your mental health (your privacy will always be respected). If you’re looking for support, we’re here to help you find it.

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Choosing the right care can feel overwhelming. If you want to talk through your options, just call or text the NAMI Chicago Helpline.

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What types of help can I receive?

  • Mental health assessment: an evaluation completed by a therapist, nurse or physician to get a complete picture of your needs. The clinician will ask you to describe what has brought you in, your understanding of what you’ve been experiencing, and your goals. The assessment may also include a review of your medical history, current medications, and questions about your mood, thinking, and relationships.
  • Crisis intervention: short-term support aimed at stabilizing an immediate crisis, resolving any emergency medical needs and connecting you to longer-term services.
  • Individual counseling: one-on-one counseling sessions with a therapist in a safe and confidential environment. It can be short-term (typically 12 or fewer sessions) or long-term (more than 12 sessions). This may also be called psychotherapy or talk therapy.
  • Group therapy: a form of therapy in which a group of people meet regularly with a therapist. Group therapy is often structured around a specific experience like depression, loss, substance use or anxiety. Some people attend both individual counseling and group therapy.
  • Medications: Prescription of medications to treat mental health symptoms.

Learn More About Support Options

More local health resources

When it comes to support, everyone’s needs are different. See the wide variety of resources in the City of Chicago that are available to you, because mental health issues are never too big or too small to matter.

Mental Health Support

Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Clinics

312-747-1020

Free mental health services available regardless of income, insurance, or legal status

NAMI Chicago

833-626-4244

Free, confidential hotline staffed by clinicians and peers who can help you find treatment, connect you to legal and housing support, and provide free resources to those in need of mental health support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

24/7

Free, confidential support for people in distress and resources for you or your loved ones in crisis

Domestic Violence Support

City of Chicago Domestic Violence Help Line

1-877-863-6338

24/7

Free, confidential, multilingual support services, including information and options, legal, and shelter services

Substance Use Support

Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances

833-234-6343 or text HELP to 833234

24/7

Free, confidential helpline that offers connection to substance use disorder treatment regardless of insurance status

LGBTQIA+ Health Services

Trans Lifeline

877-565-8860

24/7

Free hotline that provides trans peer support to trans and questioning people

The Trevor Project

1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678

24/7

Free, confidential crisis line for young people in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe place to talk

Veterans Services

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

312-569-8387

24/7

Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255×1

24/7

Free, confidential crisis services for veterans, regardless of enrollment in VA system

Services for People with Disabilities

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

312-744-7050

Resources, training, assistance, and policy advocacy for people with disabilities