Many college students experience mental health distress or illness while away from family support. The rigors of their studies, navigating autonomous self-care, and life changes may be contributing factors. First symptoms of some genetic mental health disorders also typically appear for the first time in this age group. The University of Illinois at offers students many types of services and resources, from self-help guides to individual treatment. Dean of Students staff members are able to guide students, parents, spouses, faculty and staff to a number of supportive options. Contacting the Dean of Students office offers an opportunity to connect students with necessary services and support. Community and campus resources are listed below.
When faced with multiple challenges and distress, engaging in self-harm is not uncommon. We understand that people may self-harm as a way of dealing with difficult feelings or overwhelming situations.
If you have an immediate concern for your or a student’s personal safety, dial 911, or from an on-campus phone contact the UIC PD emergency line, 5-5555.
The non-emergency number for the UIC Police Department is 312-996-2830.
Mental Health Services
UIC Counseling Center offers free short-term mental health care for enrolled UIC students. They also assist with referrals to community providers for longer-term care on a sliding scale fee basis, when needed. The Counseling Center’s website offers a wealth of information helpful to students and those concerned for them, including short self-assessments to help you gauge your symptoms.
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) staff assist students with diagnosed medical and mental health conditions to obtain learning accommodation services essential to student success.
Off Campus Resource
National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7)
UIC Hospital Emergency Room
1740 W Taylor
312.996.7297Northwestern Memorial Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Hotline312.926.8100
After business hours, call the Counseling Center at 312-996-3490 and press “2” to speak with the Counseling Center After-Hours Crisis Counselor. The counselor is there to listen and help create a plan to keep you safe.”