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:

    • Safe2Help IL allows students, staff and parents to anonymously report concerns about safety, bullying, or mental health via app, text, phone, website or social media. **District 47 staff members are not the first to receive these alerts, Safe2Help responders determine the urgency of the concern and provide the initial support. District staff will conduct reviews of alerts sent by Safe2Help during regular school hours.
    • 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.    


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    MCHELP 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.

    MCHELP FLIER - English

    MCHELP FLIER - Spanish


    988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 

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    Suicide Prevention Phone Line: 1-800-273-8255

    NEW (July 2022): Calling or texting 988 or chatting 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


    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.