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Hotlines, Apps, Tips and Other Mental Health Resources

Support Hotlines

If you need one-on-one assistance or are having thoughts of harm to yourself, these resources are always available to you.

NAMI Chicago Helpline: 833-NAMI-CHI

NAMI Greater Milwaukee Helpline:  414-257-7222

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

(Illinois) Bright Star Community Outreach offers a trauma hotline for those experiencing anxiety and stress from media reports, closures and social distancing.  Call 833-TURN123 Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

(Illinois) Free Emotional Support line:  text “talk” to 552020, and a counselor from a local community mental health center will call you within 24 hours. This is not a crisis line rather a safe place where people can share their anxiety and stress. You can also receive other helpful resources by texting the number with key words like unemployment, food, or shelter.

Stress-Reduction Apps and Tools

iChill App can help by teaching you the Community Resiliency Model, a set of self-help skills. You will learn simple information about how stress affects the mind and body and more.

Shine: Calm Anxiety & Stress offers a special toolkit for COVID-19 anxiety, with a free app that offers guided relaxation and meditations, daily motivational messages, and an “ask an expert” section.

Headspace is a stress, meditation, relaxation, and sleep app, free with NPI provider number.

The UCLA Mindful: Meditations for Well-Being app includes recorded mindfulness meditations of varying lengths and a weekly podcast.

The Society for Health Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association, offers a wide range of recommended wellness tools, including a sleep app and resources to address trauma.

Calm Your Nervous System is a free, streamable, 20-minute guided relaxation audio file. Using headphones or earbuds allows background binaural technology to deepen your relaxation response.

Mental Health Resources

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook. A tool to help you build resilience during difficult times.

Grace Alliance offers a free e-booklet and webinars to help you stay mentally resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Leaf Resources offers resources  as well as secure video counseling sessions to help manage stress and anxiety resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Family and Youth Institute Wellbeing in the Time of Coronavirus Toolkit includes Islamic resources on mental health, religious and spiritual practices, working or studying from home and parenting.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has compiled a list of mental health resources related to resiliency and coping related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

NAMI National Resource Guide.  Provides information, resources and tips for those experiencing anxiety and loneliness due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Coronavirus Disease 2019 Managing Anxiety and Stress.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty.

Mental Health America, Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak. This tip sheet from SAHMSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.

Mental Health and the Coronavirus.  Mental Health Ministries provides tips for people living with mental illness and links to helpful articles.

See a list of additional mental health resources compiled by The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation, a joint project of Advocate Aurora Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mental Health Resources for Faith Leaders

Considering Faith, Community, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis. This document is written with faith- and community-based leaders in mind, as they serve people experiencing fear and anxiety associated with COVID-19.

Psychological First Aid Webinar for Faith Community Leaders: “Thriving in Challenging Times:  Crisis Response Training for Faith Community Leaders” webinar is led by Rev. Kevin Massey, System Vice President, Mission and Spiritual Care and Spiritual Care Leadership, Advocate Aurora Health Care.

Mental Health Ministries offers a resource on pastoral care in COVID-19.

The Family and Youth Institute Wellbeing in the Time of Coronavirus Toolkit includes Islamic resources on mental health, religious and spiritual practices, working or studying from home and parenting.


A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.