988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is more than just an easy-to-remember number – it’s a direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress – whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis. 

A new, free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, is now available for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Illinois Department of Human Services' Mental Health Division launched the hotline, which connects Illinoisans with the mental health services and other support systems they need.

Text "TALK" to 552020 to connect with a counselor. The service is also available in Spanish by texting "HABLAR" to the same number. Within 24 hours of sending a text to the hotline, residents will receive a call from a counselor at a local community health center. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Individuals can also text 552020 with key words such as "unemployment," "food" or "shelter" for help navigating state assistance services.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an urgent mental health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Text Line counselor. Both resources are available 24/7.


Mental Health Resources and other Services

www.samhsa.gov - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

National Institute of Mental Health 

60 Digital Resources for Mental Health

Illinois Department of Human Services

Josselyn Community Mental Health Cente

Youth Services

C.A.T.C.H. - Community Action Together for Children's Health

Ascension - Center for Mental Health Arlington Heights