Mental Health Resources and Support
District 47 is committed to supporting the whole child. When students present with a mental health or safety concern during school hours, clinicians and/or administrators will address the situation and collaborate with parents/guardians to support student needs. If students present with mental health or safety needs outside of school hours, it is important to utilize community resources. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. Additionally, the following resources are available 24/7:
- The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: provides free and confidential support for individuals in distress and prevention and intervention resources. Simply call or text 988 to reach a mental health professional that can link you with nearby services (both English and Spanish speaking representatives are available).
- National Helpline SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration): provides free and confidential treatment referral and information. Call 800-662-HELP (4357) to reach a representative.
- Northwestern Hospital (Woodstock) and Alexian Brothers (Hoffman Estates) provide crisis assessments (mental health, suicide, or substance abuse) to determine recommendations for next steps.
Information about the District’s Suicide and Depression Awareness Prevention Policy (board policy 7:290) can be found on the District’s website. Services provided pursuant to this policy: (1) do not replace the care of a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches or a licensed medical practitioner or professional trained in suicide prevention, assessments and counseling services, (2) are strictly limited to the available resources within the District, (3) do not extend beyond the school day and/or school-sponsored events, and (4) cannot guarantee or ensure the safety of a student or the student body.
Below are more easily accessible mental health resources for students and adults alike.
MCHELPMCHELP is a free mobile app that provides access to counseling services 24/7 via anonymous text. McHenry County youth and adults can confidentially text concerns related to stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, etc. to trained, licensed mental health providers. To learn more about MCHELP, see the flyers below. To download the app, search "MCHELP" in your phone's app store.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Suicide Prevention Phone Line: 1-800-273-8255
NEW (July 2022): Calling or texting 988 or chatting 988Lifeline.org will connect you to compassionate care and support for mental health-related distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by trained volunteers who help support people in need. For help, text 741741.