National Recovery Month - Get Immediate Help 24/7

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National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month, September 2018

Prevention Works. Treatment is Effective. People Recover.

Recovery from mental health and substance use disorders is real. Millions of people are in recovery, sharing hope, help and support. However, many more still need treatment and recovery services.

Lake County prides itself as being a leader in public health, working to enhance access to mental and behavioral health services through partnerships between the Health Department and law enforcement agencies, the work of the Lake County Mental Health Coalition, and addressing the rapidly increasing opiate problem through the Lake County Opioid Initiative. There are many services available 24/7 to those experiencing problems related to emotional and mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction.

In recognition of National Recovery Month, we ask that you help spread the word of these life-saving services. We've all been impacted in some way by mental health and substance use disorders. Let's make it known that prevention works, treatment is effective, and recovery is possible. 

Too Far Gone

Get Immediate Help 24/7

Crisis Care Hotline

Crisis Care Program

The Lake County Health Department’s Crisis Care Program offers a free, confidential hotline for anyone experiencing a mental crisis at (847) 377-8088. Crisis Care Program counselors are also available in person at 3002 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, IL. Those wishing to speak with a counselor can call or simply walk in, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. Suicide is also the 10th leading cause of death in Lake County and is a growing public health problem that affects all genders and ages. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 is a great resource for those in need. The Lifeline provides free, 24/7 confidential support. 

Text A Tip 24-7

Tell Your Child About Text-A-Tip

Text-A-Tip is a 24/7 anonymous text-communication system for community members needing immediate mental health assistance for themselves or a friend. Download the “Lake County Help” app, available on the Google Play Store and the Apple Store. Within the app, select the 24/7 Text-A-Tip hotline where you will send a message to a dedicated number and receive an immediate response from a licensed clinician while remaining anonymous. 


“A Way Out”

Individuals who struggle with substance abuse can get directed quickly to treatment through a pilot program called “A Way Out." The program is offered 24/7 at participating police departments in Lake County. Individuals, who possess narcotics or paraphernalia, enter a participating police department and tell an officer they are requesting help will avoid criminal charges as long as the participant seeks assistance.