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Teen Wellness

Coping with the stresses of every day life can be difficult and are expected. Feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed or having other symptoms of distress such as trouble sleeping and loss of appetite are normal. If symptoms become worse reach out for support and help.  The following are free mental health resources available to all area residents:

 

Helplines

Niles Family Services Crisis Support

Turning Point Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Illinois Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Helpline

  • 877-TO END DV or 877-863-6338 (Voice) 1-877-863-6339 (TTY) |  Website

National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago 

  • Dial 311 or 833-626-4244 | Website

Bright Star Community Outreach

  • 833-TURN-123 or 833-887-6123 | Website

Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Center Teletherapy

 

Textlines

Illinois Department of Health

  • Text COVID to 312-500-3836 to receive daily updates about COVID-19 
  • Text TALK (English) or HABLAR (Spanish) to 552020 to access emotional support
  • Text UNEMPLOYMENT, FOOD or SHELTER to 552020 to receive information on those topics

For more information about housing and shelters, please view these Illinois Department of Human Services Housing, Shelter & Homelessness Resources.

Crisis Text Line

  • Text HOME to 741741 to access a trained crisis counselor 24-hours a day

 

Coping with Anxiety

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

  • Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety Part 1
  • Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety Part 2

 

Coping with Loss and Grief

There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are healthy ways to deal with the grieving process. These tips can help.

You can find Fiction and Nonfiction books about Grief and Loss here.

 

All About LGBTQIA

LGBTQIA is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Websites:

For more information and resources for LGBTQIA Teens, please click here.

To talk to our Teen Librarians you can:

Call at 847-663-6490

Email at teen@nileslibrary.org