24-Hour Crisis Line Intervention
The Crisis Line serves as the first point of contact for callers in need of immediate assistance and is a crucial part of the mental health emergency services in McHenry County.
Crisis line professionals are available to help people with intense personal, family and/or marital problems. These problems might include:
- Major life changes
- Mental illness
- Thoughts of suicide
Calling the crisis line provides an opportunity for a person to talk about their problems and explore options. Targeted referrals are given, linking the caller to appropriate services. Often, just talking through a problem helps the caller. If the caller needs more than the services of the crisis line, the caller can be referred for a face-to-face assessment through our Crisis Onsite Program.
Call the Crisis Line 1-800-892-8900 (Local Access Only)
While each person experiences crisis differently, suicidal thoughts and feelings pose the highest risks to individuals in crisis. If you are having suicidal feelings, or if you are concerned that a friend is suicidal, listen carefully, stay with your friend, and get help immediately. Call 1-800-892-8900 if you are near McHenry County. Trained counselors will answer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are outside of McHenry county, call 911 or your local police immediately. National Hotlines are also available.
Remember, you cannot take responsibility for another person’s life. The decision is their own. You may, however, be able to help your friend see other ways of dealing with his or her problems and pain. The Crisis Line is funded by the McHenry County Mental Health Board.
What Are The Signs of Suicide
If you or a friend are experience more than one of the following signs, some help is most likely necessary:
- Serious Depression
- Increasingly isolated
- Giving away prized possessions
- Sudden drop in school or work performance
- Making statements about wanting to die
- Acting in a violent fashion
- Taking unnecessary risks
- Threatening to commit suicide
- Acting in a strange manner
- Suddenly happy for no reason after a long depression
- Abusing alcohol or other drugs