Counseling Services/Mental Health Resources

Counseling Services is transitioning to offer mental health support services by phone or video meeting option. Please call 815-836-5455 to schedule an appointment or fill out a request for information form.

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Counselors will be able to assist you with resources and referral supports if needed. Seek additional help when necessary. Review below list for options. If you are feeling you are in immediate danger or crisis call 911.

Options for students to connect with a community mental health provider

We recognize that it may be best for students to connect resources in their local communities. If that is the case, we encourage you to seek the services that fit your needs but want you to know our counselors are also available by phone to offer support to assist you in navigating and connecting. Here are suggestions and resources.

Health care/Insurance.  Call the member services number on your insurance card for providers. Requesting support from your insurance company to find an in-network provider list and understand what services may be covered is a way to get started.

Contact your community county health department.  Call 2-1-1 for your community resources or http://www.navigateresources.net/path/

SAMHSA’s National Helpline - also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service. They are a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, substance use and information service, in English and Spanish.

Psychology Today’s Find a therapist tool can be accessed at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists 

APA’s Psychologist locator tool can be accessed at https://locator.apa.org/ 

NAMI HelpLine - National alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Betterhelp – A teletherapy counseling website available 24/7 at a cost for subscription.

Active Minds - A nationwide student support network, has created a special online hub to promote mental wellness during COVID-19.

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Self-care and Coping information
Helpful Tips

Be careful of Covid-19 overload and misinformation. Limit news exposure.  Turn off/mute news or social media to manage feelings of being overwhelmed. Check out state and local government sites for reliable information and information about closings.  Go to the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/)  or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/) for correct information about the virus. While we need to stay informed, we also need to separate ourselves as we will begin to feel overwhelmed, fearful and helpless.

Our emotions reside in our bodies, so do your best now to take care of yours:

  • Work towards maintaining good nutrition and regular meals.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Limit caffeine intake.
  • Get some exercise – try you tube exercise programs, Yoga for Uncertain Times
  • Spend some time outside, in nature, especially.
  • Practice deep breathing.  Breath practice  resources on webpage  and on links below.

Social connection is really good for us too!  Maintain social distance, of course, but stay in touch with friends.  You might even try the old-fashioned art of letter writing! Remember apps like Skype, Snapchat, and Marco Polo.

Maintain a schedule, as best you can.  Meals, classes, study time, relaxation time.  A schedule helps us contain emotions and feel a sense of control. Completing simple tasks like making your bed helps to give a sense of accomplishment.

Try taking up a hobby that allows use of your body and mind, to give you an emotional break: art, DIY projects, reading, music, playing an instrument, knitting, etc.

Consider keeping a journal about what this experience is like for you.  Be sure to end your daily entry with 3 good things about the day, however small, to help keep your spirits up.

Maintain perspective and focus on hope in these uncertain times. While this is a life changing event for all of us, remind yourself of what’s good in your life and what’s important: health, friends, being able to continue towards your education, your degree - nourishing your values, recognize your strengths and focus on ways to find meaning and connection that work for you. There are many generations before us and others around the world who have lived through trying times of wars, displacement, immigration, disease, terrorism, persecution and discrimination.  They have stories of hope and resilience during difficult times of unknown. 

Look for meaning and/or spirituality.  Find ways to ground yourself, have a mantra for yourself (I will get through this, I can handle this…) to help in uncertainty and loss of control.  Take time to practice spirituality and faith if you have this value.

Spend time with your “four-legged friends.”  Some snuggle time with your pets can make a tough day a lot easier.

Do something kind for someone else.  If you can’t visit in person, call!  Look for ways to give back, serve, or support a cause. It helps take the focus of ourselves and stress. Whether that be our friends, family or strangers, we gain meaning and value as we positively impact others and our community.

Reach out to supportive friends, family or community supports if you are struggling.  If it persists and/or worsens, reach out to your medical or mental health provider.  Your wellness and safety come first.  Sometimes we are more willing and able to help others and need to receive support for ourselves.  You can’t drive on “empty” and need to be refueled/refilled.

Consider making use on one of the many available mental health apps.  You might find links below helpful. Watch or listen to a meditative podcast, YouTube or playlist on Spotify.  Use a meditative, motivational app like UCLA Mindful, Stop, Breathe & Think, Smiling Mind, Insight Timer (most are free but some apps have associated costs).  See Self-Care Resources along with links below: