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Mental Health Resources

Mental health is an issue that affects all our communities and increasingly, resources to support people affected by mental illness and substance abuse are disappearing.  Faith leaders and faith communities are often places where people turn for support, but often we don’t know how to respond or be helpful.  We’ve listed a number of resources that we are aware of to help support that capacity of faith communities to be present for and responsive to the needs of people who are in recovery from mental illness and their families. There is hope!

Where to call and what to do if you need help now!

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Bright Start Community Outreach Trauma Hotline: Chicago-based toll-free number: 833-TURN123

BSCO uses trained faith and community leaders and mental health professionals as trauma counselors to provide counseling services to those struggling with any difficult experience. Services are free and open to people of all beliefs and will only incorporate faith when requested.

Mental Health Resources

Faith and Mental Health Specialist Liaison Services

Amy McNicholas, LCPC, Faith and Mental Health Program Specialist for Advocate Health Care, supports and equips faith leaders to meet the mental health needs of their members. Her work with clergy is available at no cost and includes:

-Assistance to clergy in managing mental/behavioral health issues within their communities.
-Monthly consultation/support call with clergy
-Education and training for faith leaders and their congregations
-Linkage and referrals
-Partnership and collaboration

Knowing how and when to connect someone to services can be difficult. Our Licensed Clinician can help clergy recognize and respond to mental health issues in an effective and timely manner.

Call today for a one-on-one confidential consultation, follow up and on-going support for clergy.
630-929-9103. Learn more.

Mental Health Resources Promoting Healing Congregations

See information on hotline numbers, locator tools and mental health organizations by clicking here.

Mental Health Education and Workshops

Learn about Mental Health First Aid, Companionship Training, Bridges of Hope, Trauma 101 Workshop and more by clicking here.

Resources for Addictions and Substance Abuse Disorders

Learn more about resources by clicking here.

Bulletin Inserts and Printable Materials

See resources from Advocate Aurora Health, Mental Health Ministries and more by clicking here.

Advocate Aurora Health Mental Health Services

Learn about Advocate Aurora Health’s Trauma Recovery Center and other services by clicking here.


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