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). 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.
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I think I am having a mental health crisis.
- During business hours (M-F, 8am-5pm), call the Counseling Center at 312-996-3490. You may be scheduled for a crisis consultation or connected to 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
- You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. They also has an online chat that is available all day, every day.
- The Crisis Text Line lets you text your feelings to someone who cares. Text HOME to 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will text back.
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. Though the GSC Lounge and Flex Space in the Behavioral Sciences Building (1007 W. Harrison St., Room 181/183) are currently closed due to COVID-19, you can contact them during limited business hours by calling (312) 413-8619 or emailing them at email@example.com.
- 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 and a text service (text START to 678-678) that are available 24/7/365.
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. Though the Dean of Students’ office (1200 West Harrison St., Suite 3030) is currently physically closed, you can reach out about Student Veteran Affairs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling during business hours (312) 996-4857).
- 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.
- If you are in immediate danger, call the UIC Police at 312-355-5555. If you need someone to talk to or to help you come up with a plan, call UIC’s Campus Advocacy Network during business hours at 312-413-8206 or email them at email@example.com.
- You can also call Safe Horizon at 866-621-HOPE (4673) or the Illinois Domestic Violence Help Line at 877.863.6338 (or 1-877-863-6339 TTY) any time. Safe Horizon also offers an online chat from 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 312.413.8206 during business hours. They can serve you by phone, e-mail, video conference, or online chat while their physical space is closed due to COVID-19.
- The YWCA also 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 is available 24/7 by calling 800-656-HOPE (4673). They also offer an online chat and an app.