UIC Crisis Resources

I want to end my life. I have a plan, and I don’t think I can stop myself.

  • Call 911 or UIC Campus Police (312-355-5555). Don’t worry, their purpose is not to arrest you. The operator will get you the help you need. Typically, someone with training in mental health first aid will come to your location, talk to you, and help you with a plan that will keep you alive.
  • Go to the UIC Hospital Emergency Room (1740 W Taylor St Chicago, IL 60686; (312) 996-7298), or another hospital near you. One or more healthcare professionals will ask you several questions, and you may be admitted to stay in the hospital and receive treatment until you are feeling better. Many insurance policies will cover necessary emergency services obtained in most hospital emergency rooms, and UIC Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry is part of the Campus Care network of approved treatment facilities. Going to the ER can be scary, but try your best to let the doctors and nurses take care of you.

I think I am having a mental health crisis.

  • During business hours (M-F, 8am-5pm), call the Counseling Center at 312-996-3490 or walk in as soon as possible. You may be scheduled for a crisis consultation or seen by a counselor for an immediate assessment as needed.
  • After business hours, call the Counseling Center at 312-996-3490 and press “2” to speak with the Counseling Center After-Hours Crisis Counselor. The counselor is there to listen and help create a plan to keep you safe.
  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional: Follow the plan that you and your provider have established for managing crises and contact your provider in the manner as agreed upon.
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24-Hour Crisis Hotlines

I identify as LGBTQ. I want to talk to someone who understands me.

  • The UIC Gender and Sexuality Center understands intersecting identities and the multiple layers of diversity within LGBTQIA+ identities including race, class, ability, geography, immigration status, and religious affiliation. You can contact them during business hours by calling (312) 413-8619, emailing them at lgbtqa@uic.edu, or stopping by the GSC Lounge in the Behavioral Sciences Building (1007 W. Harrison St., room 181).
  • The Trevor Project specializes in supporting people in the LGBTQ community. You can call them any time at 866-488-7386. They also have a chat service, or you can text Trevor to 202-304-1200 Monday through Friday between 2-9:00pm.

I am a veteran. I want to talk to someone who understands me.

  • Student Veterans Affairs at UIC provides caring and personalized support to UIC undergraduate and graduate student veterans. We help our veterans navigate the campus and provide a welcoming space, mentoring from student veterans, guidance on educational benefits, and tools to succeed academically and personally. You can contact them during business hours by calling (312) 996-4857)  or stopping by the Dean of Students office, located in the Student Services Building (1200 West Harrison St., Suite 3030).
  • The Veterans Crisis Line is a 24/7 service available to all veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve, and their family and friends. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838255, or chat online to talk to a VA professional, many of whom are veterans themselves.

I am being abused, and I feel like I have nowhere to turn.

I’ve been sexually assaulted and don’t know what to do.

  • You can contact an advocate at Campus Advocacy Network  to discuss your needs by emailing can-appointment@uic.edu or calling 312.413.8206 during business hours. 
  • After business hours, you can contact the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline at 888.293.2080. 
  • The YWCAalso offers a 24/7  Rape Crisis Hotline help to those who have been affected by sexual assault. You can call them at 888-293-2080 (Chicago Metro Area), 630-971-3927 (DuPage County), or  708-748-5672 (South Suburbs).
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline also offers an online chat.