Additional Resources

Hotlines

Bright Star Community Outreach

Bright Star Community Outreach is a nonprofit that offers a variety of services including a free trauma counseling hotline from 9 a.m. – 6 pm. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call the free hotline at 833-TURN-123.

NAMI

NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for Americans affected by mental illness. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST. Call the HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264) or text “NAMI” to 741741.

The Chicago Police Department

The Chicago Police Department has a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) with officers trained on how to interact, intervene and de-escalate situations with persons in crisis and/or experiencing a mental illness episode. Follow these steps to request a CIT-trained Chicago Police officer: Step 1: Call 9-1-1 Step 2: State there is a mental health issue Step 3: Ask for a CIT-trained officer

Resource Guides

Chicago Connects

Chicago Connects is an online resource guide provided by Chicago Department of Public Health that links Chicagoans to more than 300 mental health and addiction services.

Chicago Health Atlas

The Chicago Health Atlas provides residents with easy access to Chicago health data as well as thousands of health and human services, businesses and other resources.

MAPSCorps

MAPSCorps promotes health and economic vitality by producing high-quality information about where to go for resources in each Chicago community.

Youth Resources & Organizations

RJ Hubs

RJ Hubs are safe spaces where youth are welcomed and supported in building healthy relationships, expressing themselves, addressing trauma and developing necessary skills and competencies.

BUILD

BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) is one of Chicago’s leading gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development organizations that helps young people learn to shape the future based on their dreams, not their obstacles.

Mikva Challenge

Mikva Challenge develops youth to be empowered, informed and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society.

Universal Family Connection, Inc.

Universal Family Connection, Inc. provides the community with a comprehensive array of services that include family reunification and stabilization programs, domestic violence prevention and survivor treatment, child abuse prevention and counseling programs, educational and employment programs and various volunteer and training initiatives.

Parent Organizations

Parents for Peace & Justice

Parents for Peace & Justice is a Chicago-based parent organization that fights to stop violence, promote peace and support those in need by providing anti-violence programs and therapy and demanding justice for victims of violence.

POWER-PAC IL

POWER-PAC IL is a cross-cultural, statewide membership organization of COFI-trained parents whose mission is to build the voice and power of low-income, immigrant and working families by uniting parents across race and community around issues of importance to children and families

School-Based Solutions

The Children First Fund

The Children First Fund is providing student wellness in the classroom and beyond through various initiatives such as the Healing Trauma Together (HTT) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs.

Faith-Based Resources

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation works to create health equity by building community, nurturing leaders and connecting with the unique spirit power of faith communities to promote social justice and abundant life for all.