Resources for Your Well-Being and Safety
Help for Coping in an Uncertain Time
If you ask your older relatives and friends if they have ever been through a time like we are experiencing today with the Coronavirus, the answer will be “no.” We are in unexplored territory, and that lack of knowledge about the future can cause even the calmest of us to become anxious.
The Ela Library has compiled a list of resources where you can turn for help. During this time of social distancing, remember to reach out to those you care about on the phone, through text, email, or video chat.
If you or a family member or friend are in need of immediate assistance:
- Disaster Distress Helpline - Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 800-273-8255 or Chat with Lifeline
- Crisis Textline - Text TALK to 741741
- Ela Township - The Ela Township building is closed. They are still taking calls for counseling services and crisis intervention. Call 847-540-8380
- 211 United Way of Lake County - Speak with a live, highly trained expert navigator who will lead you to the help you need. All calls and texts are confidential. Call 2-1-1. Text 898211.
Kids watch and listen to the news. They absorb what you are feeling and thinking and can become anxious themselves. Check out these sites for tips on how to help:
- Behavioral Health Resources for Coronavirus - From On Our Sleeves: The Movement to Transform Children’s Mental Health, developed by experts from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH
- Coronavirus Resources from the Center for Parent Information & Resources - This page offers suggestions for improving telecommuting, schooling at home, and assisting children with disabilities.
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Guide from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Teens and College Students
- Unicef - How Teenagers Can Protect Their Mental Health during Coronavirus (Covid19)
- The JED Foundation - Covid-19 and Managing Mental Health
- Friendship Line - Do you need someone to talk to? Call the Friendship Line any time, day or night, to reach someone who will love to share a conversation, listen to your story or concern, and just lend an ear during a difficult time. The Friendship Line is also the Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free accredited crisis intervention hotline. Call 800-971-0016
- Ela Township 55+ - Newsletter for information on bus transportations, meals for seniors, and rides to appointments and to stores
Information and Help for All Ages
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty - from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Mental health and COVID-19 - Information and Resources - from Mental Health America (MHA)
- COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide from the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI)
- Resources and Tools for Addressing Coronavirus - from the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH)
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) - Resources to support mental health and coping with the coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Domestic Violence 24 hr Hotline --1.877.863.6338 (voice), 1.877.863.6339 (TTY)
- Illinois Call4Calm Text Line - If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is anonymous, free, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.