Emergency Numbers

Local police/ambulance: 911
State police: 847-294-4400
Crisis team, Alexian Brothers, Hoffman Estates (24-hour): 800-432-5005
Illinois state suicide line: 800-784-2433
Ecker Center 24-hour emergency program (Elgin) 847-888-2211
What to do if you need to call police in a crisis.

Non Emergency Numbers

NAMI Illinois helpline: 1-800-346-4572

NAMI Help Line (agency referrals): 800-950-NAMI (6264)

The DMH Warm Line offers peer support to mental health consumers and families (MF 8-5) 866-359-7953

Local Hospitals With Mental Health Services

AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital Hoffman Estates 847-882-1600
Ecker Center 24 Hour Psychiatric Emergency Program at Sherman Hospital Elgin 847-888-2211
Northwest Community, Arlington Heights 847-618-4100

The Circle of Care Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers
Topics include: working with health professionals insurance, criminal justice, community services and planning for the future Click here for the guide.

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Community Mental Health Services

AMITA Health Center for Mental Health, Arlington Heights 847-952-7460
Ecker Center for Mental Health, St. Charles, Streamwood & Elgin 847-695-0484
Kane County Mental Health Council, Aurora 630-892-5456
Kenneth Young Center, Elk Grove 847-524-8800
Lake County Child and Adolescent Services 847-360-3160
Lake County Adult Behavioral Health Services 847-377-8180
Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center, Skokie 847-933-0051

Other Helpful Resources

Healthy Barrington Your Pathway to Mental Wellness
Demystifying Bipolar Disorder, Demystifying Bipolar Disorder

Thresholds (for rehabilitation help and housing)

Choices in Recovery website -information and support for schizophrenia, schizoaffective and bipolar disorder
Healer Warrior Initiative for vets & their families 630-750-5522
RX for Illinois or Partnership for Prescription Assistance for help with prescription drug costs.

Clinical Research Opportunities

Clinical research often presents people with renewed hope and may provide medical and psychiatric evaluations along with medication at no cost. Hospitals that offer regular programs include:
Alexian Brothers Center for Psychiatric Research 847-230-3591
NU Schizophrenia Research Group 312-695-8643
The Pediatric BRAIN Center at UIC 312-996-1945

    Our friends at NAMI CCNS have some excellent resources for housing and mental health centers:

Housing Resources
Mental Health Centers