If you or someone you love is experiencing an immediate, life-threatening mental health crisis, call 911, clearly state that the individual is experiencing a mental health emergency and ask that a CIT trained officer respond to the situation. A Crisis Intervention Team officer is trained in handling psychiatric emergencies.
Crisis & support hotlines:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
24/7 free and confidential support and crisis resources
Crisis Textline: text START to 741741
24/7 text message support for those in crisis
National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
24/7 crisis support and resources for runaway and homeless youth
Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873)
24/7 Illinois DCFS hotline to report child abuse or neglect
Between Friends: 1-800-603-HELP (1-800-603-4357)
24/7 domestic violence crisis line
Rape Victim Advocates: 1-888-293-2080
24/7 Chicago rape hotline
Cook County Jail Mental Health Hotline: 773-674-CARE (773-674-2273)
24/7 resource for families and friends of currently incarcerated inmates living with mental illness who are in need of special treatment and/or medication while in the Cook County Jail.
Not in crisis, but need someone to talk to?
Illinois Warm Line (866) 359-7953
Peer and family mental health support by phone, weekdays M – F, 9 am – 5 pm
NAMI Helpline (800) 950-6264
The NAMI national HelpLine can be reached M - F, 10 am - 6 pm, ET.