Additional Counseling Resources - Black Hawk College

Additional Counseling Resources

Counseling services offered by the college are free. However, a referral to a community resource may result in a fee by that individual or service.

EMERGENCY HOTLINES:

  • 24-hour Robert Young Center Crisis Line (local): (309-779-2999) Specializing in the treatment of mental health, substance abuse, crisis services, and child and adolescent behavioral health, Robert Young Center staffs a multidisciplinary team of experienced and dedicated psychiatrists, advanced practice nurses, psychologists, counselors and social workers. Services are located in Iowa and Illinois.
  • Bridgeway Mental Health Hotline: (800-322-7143) Crisis mental health services for all ages, 24 hours a day to residents in Henderson, Henry, Knox and Warren counties in Illinois and Lee, Des Moines and Van Buren counties in Iowa.
  • National Crisis Line: 800-233-4357 for any kind of crisis.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for your or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  • Veterans Crisis Line (800-273-8255) works to connect you with caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are veterans themselves.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233) operates around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.
  • Domestic Violence Helpline: 800-548-2722
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453
  • DCFS Child Abuse Hotline: 800-252-2873
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-4673) offers counsel and will link sexual assault victims to resources that can help them navigate through a traumatic situation. The website also hosts a free and confidential online chat.
  • Sexual Assault Support (English/Spanish): 800-223-5001
  • 24-hour Crisis Line (Illinois): 309-797-1777
  • 24-hour Crisis Line (Iowa): 866-921-3354
  • Crisis Text Line: Text ACT to 741741 if you feel yourself or someone is struggling.  ACT stands for Acknowledge (that you see signs of depression or suicide), Care (show that you are worried and offer support), Tell (someone so you can get help for yourself/others).
  • Eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) National Crisis Line: 800-233-4357 a confidential helpline free to call 24/7 operated by trained staff who can provide support and resources in addition to eating disorders (such as mood, anxiety, or substance use disorders that often co-exist with eating disorders).

ONLINE RESOURCES:

  • ULifeline is your online resource for college mental health. This site offers a mental health library, drug database and self-evaluation screening tool.               
  • HalfOfUs.com offers you self-help tools and articles. Topics such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse are covered.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for your or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  • SilverCloud is a secure, anonymous and interactive platform to help you manage the feelings and causes of depression, anxiety or stress. This free app is available via phone, tablet or computer and consists of up to seven interactive modules. These include mindfulness exercises, interactive journaling, and mood or lifestyle charting. Each can be completed in any order, typically over an eight- to 10-week period. Anyone 18 years old or older living in an area served by OSF HealthCare can enroll in SilverCloud modules.
  • Suicide Prevention Guide was created to help college students who have considered or previously attempted suicide and aims to provide resources for help.
  • The Crisis Text Line is the only 24/7 crisis-intervention line that conducts all of it’s conversations exclusively by text message. Text START to 741741.
  • GLBT National Help Center (800-843-4564) has information for support, education and community organizing. An online, volunteer-run confidential chat room where no transcripts or recordings are saved is one of the center’s best resources.
  • IMAlive is a live online network that is staffed by trained and supervised volunteers around the country and uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers crisis support, education about mental illness, and information on public policy, mental health conditions, and research.
  • OK2Talk is a community where young adults and teens with mental illness can find a safe place to talk about what they are experiencing by sharing their stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. 
  • National Eating Disorder Association (800-931-2237) is dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care.
  • TrevorSpace is an affirming international community for LGBTQ young people. This site is a resource to connect with support for for your LGBTQ identity.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233) operates around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-4673) offers counsel and will link sexual assault victims to resources that can help them navigate through a traumatic situation. The website also hosts a free and confidential online chat.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357) SAMHSA’s sole interest is helping people with substance use disorders and mental health conditions. They field more than 65,000 calls per month and have helped millions access treatment.
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD): 1-800-NCA-CALL (622-2255).  NCADD’s HOPE LINE directs callers to numerous affiliate programs around the country to assist, at a local level, with substance abuse issues.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): (1-301-443-1124) National, government ran agency dedicated to prevention of drug abuse, and treatment of existing drug problems. Round the clock help in finding local drug treatment centers.
  • The Partnership at Drugfree.org1-855-DRUG-FREE (378-4373). Provides information to parents about adolescent and teen drug abuse, prevention and treatment.
  • National Drug Abuse: 800-662-4357
  • Al-Anon/Alateen: 800-344-2666 for non-drinkers who are worried about someone with a drinking problem.
  • Marijuana Anonymous800-766-6779 Find support, resources, and meeting locations.
  • Self-Injury Support800-366-8288 This site provides information on the prevalence, causes, warning signs, diagnosis criteria, and treatment options for those that are self-harming or care about someone they suspect self-injure.

VETERAN’S COUNSELING RESOURCES

  • BHC Veteran’s Resource Center
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website works with military veterans. They provide information on health care, educational benefits and more.
  • Quad Cities Vet Center helps veterans in need of counseling services. All services are tailored to the needs of current and retired veterans. If you are unable to pay for counseling services, money set aside in the GI Bill or through Tri-Care may be used. Call 309-755-3260.
  • Veterans Crisis Line (800-273-8255) works to connect you with caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are veterans themselves. 

MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS

Online screening tools are meant to be a quick snapshot of your mental health. If your results indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, consider sharing your results with someone. A mental health provider (such as a doctor or a therapist) can give you a full assessment and talk to you about options for how to feel better.

  • Mental Health America screening tools: provides many assessments including anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar, eating disorders, PTSD, addiction, and assessments for youth and parents.
  • Mental Health Online this online assessment, e-PASS, will help you assess your symptoms and recommend what next steps to take.  Assessments include: generalized anxiety disorder, depression, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia).
  • ULifeline: screens for 13 of the most common mental health conditions that college students face.  This site also provides information on these conditions and how to reach out for help.  
  • National Eating Disorders Association: this short screening, appropriate for ages 13 and up, can help determine if it’s time to seek professional help.
  • MindWise Innovations: Help Yourself, Help Others:  offers wide range screening to specific (alcohol use, gambling, depression, generalized anxiety, PTSD, substance use, bipolar, adolescent depression, disordered eating, opioid misuse, psychosis, and current well-being.
  • Mindwise Innovations: Mental Health Screening:  general screenings if you are concerned about yourself or someone you love (individual, military and their families, and suicide warnings and conversation starters).
  • Mental Health American stress screener: 16 questions focusing on the different areas where the effects of stress can show up in your life. The site also provides stress reduction ideas.

SUPPORT GROUPS

  • NAMI:  Effective treatment and support are available for persons with a mental health condition. Learn more by exploring the information NAMI has to offer. NAMI national organization has an extensive online collection of information covering warning signs, conditions, statistics, treatment and research.
  • Quad-Cities Area of NAFind local meetings in the QCA for every night of the week, upcoming NA events, support and resources.
  • National NA and AA: search for local narcotics and alcoholic support services.

quit smoking support

  • Quit smoking support: Black Hawk College would like to help if you or someone you know may be thinking of quitting.