AMITA Mental Health Support Groups
(708) 681-2325, ext. 2046
AMITA Health hosts a number of support groups to support mental health concerns as well as substance abuse. Call to confirm whether groups are taking place virtually or in-person.
Brightline offers virtual coaching for kids and teens to help them navigate common problems, such as stress, breakups, and school issues. Behavioral therapy and medication management are available for kids and teens who need more support. Accessing Brightline resources is free if you make an account, but coaching and therapy services are either self-pay or billed to private insurance only.
NAMI Chicago provides support groups, classes, and for anyone wanting emotional support or food, housing, and legal supports. Talk to a live professional through their Helpline.
(312) 771-3028 (call or text)
ConnecTeen supports pregnant and parenting youth who attend Chicago Public Schools (CPS) or live in the City of Chicago, by connecting them with a provider to visit their home.
Two-Generation Clinic at UI Health
The UI Health Two-Generation Clinic is a one-stop destination where women and their children of all ages can receive primary care and social work support at the same time. The Two-Generation Clinic features pediatricians, internal medicine physicians, psychiatrists, health coaches, and social workers. Services are available in English and Spanish.
We Move Chicago: Chicago Park District Wellness Initiative
The We Move Chicago program promotes Chicagoans of all ages and abilities to adopt a healthier lifestyle through moving more and eating better. Programs include fitness and nutrition classes, as well as other events. The website also features fitness videos and a physical activity planner.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website provides links to national resources, including ways to find therapy services.
The Children’s Clinic
Provides full range of medical services including nutritional screening and counseling. Provides mental health services including bilingual psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Available to low-income children (birth – age 18). Medicaid, All Kids, sliding fee scale. No child is refused care for inability to pay.
Community mental health center offering a range of services including social services for children ages 2 – 17 and their families; child psychologist on staff; early childhood mental health; bereavement, crisis, individual and family counseling; (SASS); domestic violence shelter.
Thrive Counseling Center
Community mental health center with 24-hour crisis line; sliding fee scale; parent, family, and youth (ages 12 – 18) counseling; drug & alcohol prevention programs; bullying and conflict prevention programs; youth anger management; client advocacy and case management; victim and witness assistance program.
The Encompassing Center
The Encompassing Center provides free telehealth therapy services for parents living on the Near West Side.
Erikson's Center for Children and Families
The Erikson Center provides therapy services for children and families up to age 8. Services are provided online or at the downtown, Oak Park, or Little Village locations.
Maryville Crisis Nursery
The Maryville Crisis Nursery is a vital and innovative program that provides free short-term care for parents in distress and experiencing a crisis. The Crisis Nursery protects their children, birth to age six, from abuse, neglect or trauma. Children receive round-the-clock childcare for up to 72 hours for each stay. This safe and nurturing environment is designed to protect them from harmful experiences and the damaging effects of trauma. Issues that bring families to the Maryville Crisis Nursery include unemployment, parental illness or hospitalization, poverty and homelessness.
Living Room Programs
The Living Room Program (LRP) is for anyone in crisis. The LRP provides a safe, inviting, home-like atmosphere where individuals can calmly process the crisis event, as well as learn and apply wellness strategies which may prevent future crisis events. The LRP is free. Multiple locations across Chicagoland and greater Illinois.