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

  • Call UIC Campus Police at 312-355-5555. Don’t worry, you won’t be arrested. The operator will get you the help you need. Typically, someone with training in suicide prevention will come to your location, talk to you, and help you with a plan that will keep you alive.
  • If you are on campus, go to the UIC Hospital Emergency Room (1740 W Taylor St Chicago, IL 60686; (312) 996-7298). One or more medical 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. No one will know about your hospitalization unless you give permission or have designated a Mental Health Emergency Contact.

I think I am having a mental health crisis.

During Counseling Center business hours (M-F 8am-5pm), a student in crisis may be scheduled for an emergency intake or seen by an on-call counselor for an immediate assessment as needed. Please do not hesitate to contact us – call us at 312-996-3490, or walk to the Counseling Center as soon as possible.

I need to talk to someone outside of the Counseling Center’s business hours.

  • You can call UIC’s InTouch Crisis and Support Hotline  at 312-996-5535, Sunday-Friday, from 6-10pm. It is a free crisis intervention, counseling, and referral service offered to UIC students and members of the greater Chicagoland area. The hotline is staffed by volunteers trained through the UIC Counseling Center Paraprofessional Program. Calls placed to the hotline remain confidential and are treated in an objective, non-judgmental fashion.
  • You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline  at 800-273-8255. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and your call can remain anonymous. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 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. The counselor is there to listen and help create a plan to keep you safe.

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.

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 can-appointment@uic.edu; CAN is located at 1101 W. Taylor Street, 3 Floor. You can also call Safe Horizon  at 866-621-HOPE (4673) or the Illinois Domestic Violence Help Line  at 877.863.6338 any time.

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, please 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. 

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