The Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a support line called Call4Calm that is reachable via text. If you would like to speak with a mental health professional, text the word “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish speakers) to 552-020. Within 24 hours, you will receive a call from a mental health professional employed by a local community health center.
You can also text other terms, like “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” to the same number to receive information on how to navigate and access support and services. Call4Calm is free, and individuals who use it can remain anonymous.