COVID-19 Resources for Parents and Teens
We know that teens and their families are anxious about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, especially given the media attention to this issue. During this time, it is important for teens and families to get information from reliable resources.
It is recommended that teens and their families review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) websites for the most up to date information about COVID-19.
The CDC’s COVID-19 website provides detailed information about how to protect yourself and others, what to do if you think you are sick, and more.
The WHO’s COVID-19 website provides information about protecting yourself and others from getting sick, protection measures for those who have visited areas where COVID-19 is spreading, coping with stress, and more.
We also recommend the American Academy of Pediatrics’ healthychildren.org website for information about COVID-19.
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine The COVID-19 pandemic has created many new stressors for teens and their families. SAHM has assembled resources addressing several topics including: teen mental health and coping; parenting and caring for one’s family; resources for online education; guide to discussing social distancing; and sexual health considerations.
Suicide Prevention Resources
Grant Community High School has teamed up with Elyssa's Mission. Elyssa's Mission is a foundation that provides help, support and suicide prevention programs to prevent teen suicide.
Warning Signs of Depression
Mental Health Community Resources
Substance Abuse Treatment Resources
Crisis Phone Numbers
If your child has Medicaid (0-21), All Kids, has no mental health insurance or is a ward of DCFS, parents can call CARES (Crisis and Referral Entry Service): 1-800-345-9049, 24 hours a day.
DCFS- Department of Children and Family Services: 1-800-25-ABUSE
Underage Gambling Resources
Click here to see the academic, social and emotional groups offered at GCHS.
Help Hotlines for Teens
USA National 24/7 Suicide Hotline
Find them online here
Lake Country 24 Hour Crisis Phone Counseling
McHenry County 24 Hour Crisis Line Intervention
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Text "123Tip" along with your anonymous tip to Tip-411 (847-411).
Text "LAKECO" to 844-823-5323
Text "TALK" to 552020, or for Spanish, "HABLAR" to 552020. Individuals can also text 552020, with key words such as "unemployment" or "food" or "shelter" and will receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services.
211 helps individuals, families, and providers navigate and connect with a wide range of local health and human services, including mental health services, addiction support and rehabilitation, crisis counseling, supplemental food programs, shelter and affordable housing options, employment and education support, financial support, disaster information and relief…and much more!
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
If you think you're in an abusive relationship, you can text, chat or call to talk with trained counselors.
-Text "LOVE" to 22555
-Chat online here
RAINN National Sexual Violence Hotline
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center
Chat online here
Male Sexual Abuse and Assault
Chat online here