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 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 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
Youth Resources & Organizations
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.