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Mental Health Resources

This is a list of mental health and wellness resources in Chicago. Several resources specifically offer services for people of color and LGBTQIA folks. Resources include sliding scale health services, online and in-person wellness communities, directories to culturally-specific healers and healthcare providers, and more.

Anixter Center

Anixter Center provides an array of services for individuals with disabilities and related challenges to live, learn, work and play in the community. They help more than 8,000 children, teens and adults by providing residential, educational, employment, socialization and health services.

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Association House of Chicago

Most of our services are at no cost to the participant. We provide services to meet immediate and long-term goals. We are fully bilingual. 70% of our staff speaks Spanish. We help the whole family. We serve every demographic and age group.

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Black Girl in Om

The online and in-person destination for women of color to access information, encouragement, and inspiration. This site provides community in the form of blog posts and podcasts for things related to self-care, wellness, and natural beauty.

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Breathe Network

The Breathe Network connects survivors of sexual violence with sliding-scale, trauma-informed, holistic healing arts practitioners across the country. They also offer innovative healing support to survivors of sexual violence, share audio trainings and blogs on trauma healing, and promote complementary national resources.

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Chicago Center for Integration and Healing Resource List

Provides integrated psychotherapy on a wide range of mental health issues, such as relational difficulties, anxiety and depression, with a specialty in the treatment of trauma. They have a resource guide to assist clients, clinicians, families and friends on the path to healing.

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Chicago Mental Health Agencies and Organizations

A listing of mental health agencies and organizations in Illinois and Chicago developed by the National Center on Domestic Violence and Mental Health.

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Filling our Cups: 4 Ways People of Color can Foster Mental Health and Practice Restorative Healing

This is an extensive guide and call to action for how people of color can foster mental health and practice restorative healing. It includes directories links to downloadable apps, self-care guides, coping strategies and more. It has resources specific to Asian American, Islamic, and African American counseling services.

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Community Counseling Centers of Chicago

C4's service area has expanded to rekindle hope for individuals and families on Chicago’s North Side and beyond. C4 has continually developed services to meet emerging mental health and social problems, including assistance for those struggling with mental health problems, survivors of sexual assault, young adults, and children under three years old.

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CommunityHealth is the leader in delivering comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered health care at no cost to low-income, uninsured individuals.

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Center for Contextual Change

The Center for Contextual Change is a national leader in the treatment of trauma, violence and sexual abuse. Whether you are a childhood survivor of these traumas or these acts are currently happening in your life. Our programs are designed to help you.

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Chicago Women's Health Center

Chicago Women’s Health Center facilitates the empowerment of women and trans* people by providing access to health care and health education in a respectful environment where people pay what they can afford. All services are sliding-scale. No one is denied.

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Chicago Gender Society

CGS is a social, and educational organization. The goal of CGS is to provide social and educational activities for its members, the transgender community and its supporters and the public.

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City of Chicago Listing of Resources for People with Disabilities

City of Chicago listing of information for services around A Wide Range of Disabilities, as well as for Older Travelers.

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Healing in Our Times Project (Jade Perry)

This mini-directory centers POC, offers low cost or sliding scale holistic wellness services, & is broken up into services for ‘the mind’, ‘the body’, ‘the soul & spirit’, and ‘the socioeconomic reality’. It was creating in the devastating wake of the 45th presidency.

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Howard Brown Health Center (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender health center)

Howard Brown Health Center provides mental health services specifically tailored for the LGBTQ community, through counseling and psychotherapy available in our Behavioral Health Services department. Individual, couples, family, and group therapies.

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Mental Health Association

We work to eliminate the unnecessary loss of life due to suicide. We focus on mental health for children, adolescents, emerging adults, families and veterans. Our programs uniquely cover identification, prevention and support.

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Mental Health Podcasts by People of Color

Mental health resources aren't always easily accessible, especially for people of color. Below are five podcasts by mental health professionals of color.

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My Unapologetic Emotional Awareness Guide

My Unapologetic Emotional Awareness Guide is a tool for working through moments of overwhelming emotion. It is the first of a series of zines meant to inspire increased attention to our community's diverse healing needs. You can download, print, and fold this zine here​.​

My Unapologetic Interpersonal Conflict Guide

My Unapologetic Interpersonal Conflict Guide is a tool for the individual cognitive possessing of a specific occasion of conflict. It is based on four dimensions of post-conflict justice: accountability, healing, restoration, and transformation. You can download, print, and fold this zine here​.

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network

This is a space for queer, gender non-conforming and trans therapists of color to build, resource, and support one another as clinicians and healers. NQTTCN will provide a network of support for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) seeking transformative mental health resources rooted in social justice and liberation.

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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. 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

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Our Mental Health Minute

Video Series and blog intended to: a) Reduce stigma about mental health in the Black community; b) Provide resources in access, utilization, and quality of mental health care, and c) Increase mental health literacy (in a fun and relevant way!)

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Therapy for Black Girls Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

This is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Dr. Bradford developed the space to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant. This resources includes a therapist directory, suggested media and newsletters for black women’s self care, blog posting, workshop sign ups, and more.

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Upswing Advocates

Coaching, training, groups, and research to support LGBTQIA people in Chicago and beyond. Uses an individualized, strengths-based approach to build skills and resilience in ways that strengthen and support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community in Chicago and the surrounding areas.

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