If you/someone you know is in immediate danger of hurting yourself or someone else, call 9-1-1 (or your local emergency number) immediately. Do not wait.

If you are not in immediate danger, please refer to one of the suicide hotline numbers or mental health centers below

Support and Services

HOTLINE SUPPORT


THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

Phone Number: 1800-273-8255

  • Provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States.
  • More than 150 languages are offered

LIFELINE CRISIS CHAT

Website: www.crisischat.org

A resource of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained online chat specialists can provide emotional support, crisis intervention, and crisis intervention support. Chat specialists can assess suicide risk, help create a safety plan, and identify positive coping strategies.

CRISIS TEXTLINE

Text: 741741

Provides free crisis intervention via SMS message.

The organization's services are available 24 hours a day every day, throughout the US.

ASIAN LIFENET HOTLINE

Phone Number: 1-877-990-8585

  • 24 hours
  • Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Fujianese language available

IMALIVE: AN ONLINE CRISIS NETWORK

Website: www.imalive.org

Online crisis prevention and suicide intervention chat service.

BIG WHITE WALL

Website: https://www.bigwhitewall.com/v2/Home.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f​




MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES ON CAMPUS


STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE

Phone Numbers:

  • Emergency (M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm): 773-702-9800

  • Emergency (After Hours): 773-702-3625

  • Make an Appointment: +1-773-702-9800

Appointments:

You can schedule an appointment by calling x 2-9800 ((773) 702-9800) or walking in to 5555 South Woodlawn between 8:30am and 5:00pm every weekday. Whether you call or come to SCS to schedule an appointment, please have your student ID available. A front desk staff member will help you schedule a time to meet with an intake counselor. Most often, appointments can be arranged within the next few days. SCS is an ADA (not ADA Plus) facility. There is a ramp to the front door that is wheelchair accessible by ADA (not ADA Plus) standards. SCS also has an elevator in the building for easy access from the first to the second or third floors. If your visit to SCS will necessitate special accommodations, please contact us, in advance, at 773-702-9800. For crises and urgent situations, see our emergency information.

Location: 5555 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30-5:00pm

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICE - LET'S TALK

“Let’s Talk” is a program that provides easy access to informal and confidential consultations with counselors from the Student Counseling Service. There are three “Let’s Talk” sites. No appointment necessary and no cost to you. If you prefer, you do not have to give your name. The counselor will listen to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources. Unlike services provided at SCS, “Let’s Talk” is not formal therapy: it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time.

Location: https://wellness.uchicago.edu/page/lets-talk

LEAN ON ME

Text: 773-295-2306

Anonymous texting peer support network at the University of Chicago




MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES IN CHICAGO


THE FAMILY INSTITUTE AT NORTHWESTERN

Phone Numbers: Call 847-733-4300, ext. 263 and speak with a member of the Registration team.

Appointments:

For an initial appointment with The Family Institute, call 847-733-4300, ext. 263. After a brief informational phone interview, the registration department will recommend a psychotherapist whose clinical interests/expertise match your specific needs. Once a selection is made, the psychotherapist will contact you within 48 hours to schedule a first appointment. If you have already established which therapist you want to connect with, please call the receptionist at 847-733-4300, ext. 0 to connect to the therapist directly.

Hours: flexible daytime, evening and Saturday hours. (Times vary, depending on location and therapist.)

METROPOLITAN FAMILY SERVICES

Phone Number: (312) 986-4000

Locations: One N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60602

(7 Community Centers in the Chicagoland area. Call the general number and they will connect you to the center nearest to you)

ADVOCATE ILLINOIS MASONIC MEDICAL CENTERBEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Phone Numbers:

  • Main Hospital: (773) 975-1600
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health: (773) 296-3220
  • Pharmacy Line: (773) 769-6200

Location: 938 W. Nelson Street, Chicago, IL 60657

Website: www.advocatehealth.com/immc/behavioralhealth

Outpatient Services ONLY.

Services include: Individual and group drug/alcohol abuse services. Adolescent and child outpatient behavioral health, including substance abuse services.

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Phone Numbers:

  • Main Hospital: (312) 926-2000
  • Intake: (312) 926-8100 (or 8200 for Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic only)

Location: Stone Institute of Psychiatry, 446 E. Ontario Street, Suite 300 (6th Floor), Chicago, IL 60611

*In the event of a crisis, patient must go to the emergency room.

Website: www.nmh.org

Services Include: Adult and older adult outpatient & inpatient, and adolescent outpatient.

Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic- age 13 and older who do not need as extensive care as provided by other three programs offered.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS MEDICAL CENTER ADULT OUTPATIENT PSYCHIATRY

Phone Numbers:

  • Main Hospital/Referral/Appt Center: 1(866) 600-2273
  • Intake: (312) 996-2200 or (312) 996-1682
  • Emergency Room: (312) 996-7000 (ask to page psychiatrist on call)
  • In-Touch Hotline: (312) 996-5535 (staffed by trained volunteers & accepts calls from all over the nation. Hours of operation- 6:00pm to 10:30pm)

Location: 912 S. Wood, Chicago, IL 60625

Website: hospital.uillinois.edu





Education and Awareness

BOOKS


  1. The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee
  2. Asian American Achievement Paradox by Jennifer Lee
  3. The Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian American Success by Nicholas Daniel Hartlep
  4. Model Minority Myth Revisited: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Demystifying Asian American Educational Experiences by Guofang Li and Linshing Wang
  5. Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism, Second Edition, Edition 2 by Rosalind S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin




ARTICLES


Basic Facts:

  1. Mental Health and Asian Americans (HHS.gov)
  2. Asian American Mental Health (APA)
  3. Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health (MHA)
  4. Suicide Among Asian Americans (AAPA)
  5. Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression (NAMI)
Articles:
  1. "13 Reasons to Talk About '13 Reasons Why'" (Usable Knowledge)
  2. "Asian Americans Tackle Mental Health Stigma" (WebMD)
  3. "Cultural Stigma Hurts Asian American Teens with Depression" (New American Media)
  4. "For Many Asian Americans, Depression is an Unfamiliar Word" (Washington Post)
  5. "How Wellesley Plans to Address the Mental Health of Its Asian American Students" (WBUR)
  6. "What It's Like Explaining Depression to Your Parents" (Buzzfeed)
  7. "An AAPI Perspective: Cultural Roots of Mental Health" (Harvard Crimson)
  8. "Asian Americans Speak Out Against Decades-old 'Model Minority' Myth" (Washington Post)
  9. "6 Reasons We Need to Dismantle the Model Minority Myth of Those 'Hard Working' Asians" (Everyday Feminism)
  10. "The Truth About 'The Asian Advantage' and 'Model Minority Myth;" (The Huffington Post)
  11. "The 'Model Minority' Myth: Why Asian-American Poverty Goes Unseen" (Mashable)




WEBSITES


  1. National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association​​​​​​​
  2. Asian American Psychological Association
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  4. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

  5. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

  6. OK2TALK - Online forum for teen and young adults to share personal stories about mental health – recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. NAMI resource.

  7. JED Foundation - Promoting emotional health & suicide prevention for teens and young adults

  8. The Trevor Project - Suicide prevention and support for LGBTQ young people.

  9. Active Minds - Mental health support and stigma prevention for young adults, by young adults. Primarily on college campuses. UChicago Chapter

  10. Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Resource center to promote the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention - A project within the Educational Development Center (EDC)

  11. Deconstructing Stigma

  12. Drugrehab.com's Guide to Mental Health Illnesses