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Promoting Mental Health Awareness

A Note from the MLSAAF Team

Thank you once again for your interest in MLSAAF!

 

The Covid-19 pandemic impacted all communities and people; however, the Asian American community was further burdened with racial prejudice that led to heightened anti-Asian racism and hate crimes targeting Asian Americans. In such challenging times, it is even more important to take care of our mental health. If you, or someone you know, are experiencing difficulties and need to reach out, please use the resources listed below.

We encourage you to ask questions and seek out care for your mental health. Reaching out to someone when you or someone you know needs help can make all the difference.

 

Here are some resources that you may find useful for your mental health. If you have any questions regarding the provided information, do not hesitate to reach out to us!

- The MLSAAF Team -

Healthcare Provider Spotlight: Dr. Jenny Wang, PhD

About Dr. Wang:

Dr. Jenny Wang is a psychologist who specializes in psychotherapy centered around the development of awareness and mindfulness. In addition to her practice, Dr. Wang is a strong social media advocate for mental health awareness, with particular care and attention being provided to AAPI, LGBTQ, and other minority communities and communities of color.  As such, the MLSAAF team would like to highlight some of the resources that she offers on her social media platforms:

Websites:

Find below:

1. Asians for Mental Health (Instagram): Asians for Mental Health is an Instagram page that Dr. Wang started in which she shares informational slides, anecdotes, and message of support – all of which seek to provide awareness and visibility to mental health within AAPI and other under-represented communities. 

2. Asians for Mental Health (Website): The Asians for Mental Health website provides a directory of healthcare providers by state which may be more culturally oriented for Asian American individuals.

Local Behavioral Health Services

Find below a list of behavioral health services within the local Chicagoland area. Included in the description of each service will be the location, contact information, and the particular communities each service is most prepared to help.

Alternatives Inc.

4730 N. Sheridan Rd. 

Chicago, IL 60640 

Info: (773) 506-7474

Website: https://alternativesyouth.org

Alternatives supports and empowers Chicago youth to build safer and more vibrant communities through a combination of restorative justice and behavioral health services. Alternatives is a comprehensive, multi-cultural youth development organization that operates as a support system for more than 3,000 of Chicago’s young people and their families each year.

Apna Ghar

4350 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor. 

Chicago, IL 60613 

Info: (773) 883-4663

24/7 Multilingual hotline: 773-334-4663 

Text: 773-899-1041

Website: https://www.apnaghar.org

Apna Ghar provides critical, comprehensive, culturally competent services, and conducts outreach and advocacy across communities to end gender violence, such as intimate partner violence and sexual violence. Apna Ghar provides counseling, legal advocacy, advocacy, and housing assistance for survivors of gender violence.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice 

4753 N. Broadway, STE 500.  

Chicago, IL 60640 

Info: (773) 271-0899

Website: http://www.aaichicago.org

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) advocates for an America in which all Americans can benefit equally from, and contribute to, the American dream. Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.

Asian Health Coalitions

1006 S. Michicagn Ave, STE 710.  

Chicago, IL 60605 

Info: (312) 877-5063

Website: https://asianhealth.org

Asian Health Coalition (AHC) is committed to improve the health and wellness of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and all underserved communities of color through advocacy, technical assistance, education, and research. Working collaboratively with over 45 different ethnic serving community-based organizations, AHC utilizes evidence-based approaches to support the development and implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate health programs and initiatives.

Asian Human Services

2838 W. Peterson Ave.

Chicago, IL 60659

Info: (773) 293-8490

Crisis: (773) 293-8488

Email: info@ahschicago.org

Website: https://www.ahschicago.org

Asian Human Services exists to provide quality, compassionate, and culturally competent services in over 28 languages to low-income Asian-American and immigrant and refugee communities in metropolitan Chicago.

Center on Halsted

3656 N. Halsted.

Chicago, IL 60613

Info: (773) 472-6469

Website: https://www.centeronhalsted.org

For the psychosocial needs of LGBTQ community and provide a variety of services, including support, therapy, and educational groups. These services are meant to connect and unite LGBTQ men, women, families, and allies who share similar issues and struggles.

Community Counseling Centers of Chicago 

Location 1: 

C4 Belle Plaine (Admin Office)

2014 W. Belle Plaine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Info: (872) 235-0722

Location 2: 

C4 Clark

4740 N. Clark St.

Chicago IL 60640 

Info:(773) 769-0205  

 

Location 3: 

C4 Broadway

5710 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60660

Info:(773) 728-1000

Location 4: 

C4 North

2542 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Info: (773) 365-7277

Website: http://www.c4chicago.org

A leading provider of clinical services, C4 is recognized as a compassionate and innovative community mental health agency, keenly sensitive to the diverse racial and ethnic populations it serves.

Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) 

5752 N. California Ave.

Chicago, IL 60659

Info: (312) 962-7748

Website: http://www.fachic.net

The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) is a collaborative of community, health professional, and academic leaders united to address Filipino health issues in the Chicago area.

Gender JUST

1807 S. Troy St, 3rd Floor.

Chicago, IL 60623

Website: http://genderjust.wix.com/genderjust

Gender JUST is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational grassroots organization of LQBTQA young people, people of color, and grassroots folks developing leadership and building power through organizing. 

HANA Center

4300 N. California Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618 

Info: (773) 583-5501

Website: https://www.hanacenter.org

HANA Center builds the power of Korean, Asian American, and multiethnic immigrant communities in Chicagoland through social services, education, culture, and community organizing to advance human rights.

Hanul Family Alliance

Location 1:

1166 S. Elmhurst Rd.

Mt. Prospect, IL 60656

(847) 439-5195

 

Location 2:

5008 N. Kedzie Ave.

Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 478-8851

 

Location 3: 

2900 N. Main St, 1st Floor.

Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

(847) 393-7488

Website: https://hanulusa.org

Hanul Family Alliance is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the Korean older adult and immigrant communities in the Chicagoland area for over 35 years. Hanul’s mission is to provide comprehensive community-based services to meet the needs of Korean older adults and families to enhance their quality of life.

Inclusive Therapists

Nationwide

Website: https://www.inclusivetherapists.com/ 

Inclusive Therapists is a nationwide community of mental health practitioners that center the therapeutic needs of BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ folks and the pursuit of equity, justice, and liberation. They offer an accessible way for people to find therapists that align with their identities and political orientations, and offer culturally responsive care.

Invisible 2 Invincible

Website: i2ichicagopride@gmail.com

Invisible to Invincible (i2i) is a community-based organization that celebrates and affirms Asians & Pacific Islanders (APIs) who identify as LGBTQ+ in the Chicago area.

Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN)

2434 E. Dempster St. STE 111.

Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Info: (773) 583-1392

24/7 Multilingual hotline: (773) 583-0880 

Website: http://www.kanwin.org/korean/

KAN-WIN’S mission is to eradicate gender-based violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault, especially for women and children across Asian American communities and beyond through culturally competent services, community engagement, and advocacy. KAN-WIN provides counseling, housing assistance, legal advocacy, and support group for survivors of gender-based violence, including domestic violence and sexual violence.

Lotus Root Counseling

1935 W Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657 

Info: (312) 600-5601 

Website: https://www.lotusrootcounseling.com/

Asian therapists and psychotherapists specialized in Asian Counseling and mental health in Chicago. 

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum - Chicago Chapter 

4346 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60613

Info: (773) 251-8440

Website: https://napawf.org/chapters/chicago/

NAPAWF’s Chicago Chapter was founded in 2005 to create a safe space for AAPI women, develop and support AAPI women leaders, and move forward conversations about AAPI women’s issues in the Chicago area.

Midwest Asian Health Association-Community Mental Health Clinic

218 W. 26th St, 2nd Floor.

Chicago, IL 60616

Info: (312) 285-2287 

Website: https://maha-us.org/

Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA)’s mission is to reduce health disparities for medically underserved, low-income populations in the Midwest through providing culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services, which include community outreach education, screening and immunization, linkage to care, mental health services, and research and policy advocacy. 

Thresholds

4101 N. Ravenswood Ave. 

Chicago, IL 60613 

Info: (773) 572-5500

Website: https://www.thresholds.org

Thresholds provides services and resources for persons with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. We work with many populations, including youth and young adults, veterans, young mothers, deaf, and individuals experiencing homelessness, among others.

Find below a list of national behavioral health services. Included in the description are the national number and website of the respective services. Visit the websites to learn more about each service.

National Behavioral Health Services

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

Website: https://www.crisistextline.org

LGBT National Help Center

1-888-843-4564 (all ages, adults)

1-800-246-7743 (under 25 years old)

Website: https://www.glbthotline.org

Illinois Helpline

(for substance use, problem gambling treatment and recovery services) 

Call 833-234-6343 or text HELP to 833234

Website: https://helplineil.org/app/aboutus

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

TTY 1-800-787-3224

Text "START" to 88788

Website: https://www.thehotline.org

National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Website: https://www.rainn.org

 

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Text, call, or chat 988 (24/7)

Website: https://988lifeline.org

Trans Lifeline

1-877-565-8860

Website: https://translifeline.org

 

The Jed Foundation 

Website: https://www.jedfoundation.org

 

Center for Young Women’s Health 

Website: https://youngwomenshealth.org

 

Young Men’s Health

Website: https://youngmenshealthsite.org

Non-profit foundation 

Please visit the below websites to learn more about the foundation
which aims to raise awareness of depression and prevention of suicide. 

Esther Ha Foundation: 

800-713-9336 (HELP LINE available 24/7, 365 days)

Website: https://estherhafoundation.org/

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