Resources for Your Well-Being and Safety

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

Local Resources

  • 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:

Teens and College Students


  • 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


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