Counseling Resources

Crisis & Mental Health Resources 

  • In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to any emergency room
  • CPS Student Safety Center: 773-553-3335 (Immediate safety need) (24/7)
  • CPS Office of Student Health & Wellness: 773-553-KIDS (Health/COVID related questions/concerns)
  • Chicago Department of Public Health: Youth Mental Health Agencies
  • Emergency Resource Guide 2020-2021 (developed by BPNC)
  • Resource Listing (created by OSP)
  • CPS Parent Support Center: 773- 534-1100 (Parent's access to information and resources)
  • SASS (Screening, Assessment, and Support Services): 800-345-9049 (Mental health crisis screening) Click here for more information.
  • NAMI Chicago Mental Health Resource Helpline (not 24/7) - 833-NAMI-CHI (626-4244)
  • Call4Calm, a free emotional-support text line was created to serve Illinois residents. To connect with a counselor, people can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0 or text “HABLAR” to the same number for counseling in Spanish. Users will remain anonymous, and the state has partnered with mental health organizations to have counselors respond. Once a resident texts the hotline, they’ll get a call from a licensed counselor within 24 hours.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK(8355)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800-656-HOPE(4673)
  • The Trevor Project for LGBTQ Youth - Call 866-488-7386, text START to 6786678, or chat online by visiting their website.
  • ISBE Mental Health Resources
  • DePaul Counseling Services is offering free online counseling. 
  • Mosaic Therapy is offering free online stress and anxiety counseling for kids and families in Illinois
  • Metropolitan Youth Services is offering behavioral health services for uninsured youth


Relief Resources / Recursos de socorro:


Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources / Recursos de aprendizaje social / emocional (SEL):


Mindfulness for Kids / Mindfulness para niños:


Online Safety and Etiquette / Seguridad y etiqueta en línea:


Parent/Guardian Information / Información del padre/tutor:


Free Books, Social Stories, and Read Alouds


Recommended Books to Talk about Worries


Additional Activities 


High School and Post-secondary Preparation 

  • GoCPS: Middle School students can familiarize themselves with the online search function on the GoCPS website to research Chicago high school options.
  • Naviance: Middle School students can log on to their Naviance accounts to finalize any incomplete tasks to support them in college and career planning. 
  • CPS Scholarship Workbook: Click on the elementary school tab for more information.