This is a roundup of free resources available to Chicago graduated seniors.
-Queen Latifah, actress and musician
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:
There are three ways for eligible households to apply:
Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742
After receiving an eligibility determination, households can contact their preferred service provider to select an Emergency Broadband Benefit eligible service plan.
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|National Suicide Prevention Lifeline||1-800-273-8255||Available 24/7, English and Spanish|
|Illinois Warm Line||1-866-359-7953||Monday-Friday: 8am to 8pm. FREE service to anyone in IL|
|NAMI Chicago Helpline||1-833-626-4244||NAMI Chicago’s free and confidential Helpline is open seven days a week, staffed by clinicians and peers who can guide you through types of treatment, lend a compassionate ear, connect you to legal and housing support, and can also provide resources for mental health professionals and clinicians. We are there for family members, individuals, friends, and communities in need of mental health support. Your mental health matters.|
|24/7 Crisis Text Line||Text 741741||This is crisis text line where a live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds quickly|
|NotOK App||www.Notokapp.com||This app was created by two siblings who wanted to offer the public a free “digital panic button” to get you immediate support via phone, text, GPS location when you’re struggling to reach out.|
Publicly Available Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Services
Apps and Sites
Meditation and breathing is great for managing anger, stress, and anxiety. Even just taking five minutes a day to just sit still and breathe can do wonders for your mood and sense of peace. Here are a couple of apps that help with guided meditation.
Here are a list of instagram accounts that regularly put out mental health content!
@trhtchicago – Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Chicago
There are many different mutual aid groups that have cropped up all over the city serving specific neighborhoods as well as general requests from those in need. Here are a few around the city.