Educational Resources

Your YFC therapist is a wealth of information when it comes to addressing your specific concerns. Please talk to your him or her about other good sources of information for your specific areas of interest.

Additional resources can be accessed from the links below and by searching online for your specific area of concern. Contact information was accurate at the time of publication but may have changed, so check online for the latest information. Many established medical and psychological organizations offer comprehensive resources that will lead you to an even more in-depth knowledge base. Discuss your findings with your therapist to better understand how they tie in with your needs.

Mental Health Websites


Depression & Suicide Prevention

Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center
Depression Hotline  (630) 482-9393
Lifeline  1-800-273-TALK  (8255)

Erika’s Lighthouse (teen depression)
(847) 386-6481

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24-hour Lifeline (800) 273-TALK

The Trevor Project  (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/questioning youth crisis help)
24-hr Lifeline (866)-488-7386

Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Sexual Abuse

Adult Protective Services
24-hr Hotline  (866) 800-1409

Child Protective Services (child abuse or neglect)
Child Abuse Hotline (800) 252-2873

National Council on Aging Care
 (877) 664-6140

A Safe Place – domestic violence
24-hr Helpline  (847) 249-4450

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center
24-hr Support Line (847) 872-7799

Runaway Youth

National Runaway Safeline
Crisis Line (800) RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)

Addictions, Including Eating Disorders

Alcoholics Anonymous (Chicago Area)
24-hr Hotline (800) 371-1475

ANAD (Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)
Helpline (630) 577-1330

Cocaine Anonymous
24-hr Illinois Hotline (773) 202-8898 

Narcotics Anonymous
24-hr Chicago Region Hotline  (708) 848-4884 

National Council on Problem Gambling
24-hr Hotline (800) 522-4700