SUPPORT & RESOURCES FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY THE HIGHLAND PARK TRAGEDY ON JULY 4
We extend our deepest condolences to the Highland Park community. And we offer sympathy to all affected by senseless violence in communities throughout Illinois.
To our members affected by Monday’s tragedy, we are here for you. Our crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 877-941-8079 (TTY: 711). The hotline helps those affected by such tragedy, violence, and grief cope.
Bilingual staff (Spanish) are available. We also offer interpreter services at no cost.
Also consider these resources for mental health crises and emotional support:
- The Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24/7 at 800-985-5990. Spanish-speakers should press “2” for bilingual support. Calls are answered by staff who are trained in helping people through large traumatic events including mass shootings.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-TALK (8255). Bilingual operators are available. If you or a loved one are feeling suicidal or are experiencing an acute mental health crisis, please call. If you are or a loved one are in imminent danger, call 911.
- Illinois Call4Calm Text Line is available 24/7 by texting the word “TALK” (or “HABLAR”) to 552020. You will be connected to trained mental health personnel in your own community. Participation is anonymous. Your first name and zip code are requested in order to connect you to the support you need.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264) is available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Speak with a trained volunteer who will listen, answer questions, and help you find local resources.
- In the Highland Park area, NAMI’s offices are NAMI Lake County, NAMI Cook County North Suburban, and NAMI Barrington Area.
- The Illinois Warm Line is available for caring support for mental health and/or substance use challenges at 866-359-7953. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays.
- The National Association of School Psychologists offers practical tips for educators and parents for talking to children about violence.