mental health resources

Access a list of various mental health resources and hotlines available across the state of Illinois.

Mental Health Awareness Month

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing provides a “Four Ways Forward” toolkit with resources and information on ways to use your voice, prioritize self-care, celebrate mental wellbeing and assist others with their mental health. Download the toolkit below.

Bhwc brochure (PDF)

Certified recovery support specialist

A Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) is a professional with lived experiences with mental health and/or substance use challenges, who have been trained and certified to help others as they move forward in their own recovery. Learn how to become a Certified Recovery Support Specialist below.

CADC Workforce Expansion

The Illinois Certification Board (ICB) and the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) are pleased to share the launch of the CADC Workforce Expansion Program.

This initiative is a new workforce incentive program for certified alcohol and other drug counselors (CADCs) in Illinois. Under this program, individuals in an ICB Accredited Training Program (ATP) wishing to enter the substance use services field in Illinois can receive tuition payments, scholarships, internship stipends, and certification-related payments to obtain their CADC credential.

Farm Family Resource Initiative

The Farm Family Resource Initiative offers a variety of resources to support farmers and address their mental and physical health needs. These resources include a helpline for assistance with farm-related issues. Additionally, the initiative provides ongoing outreach, education, and training to rural clients and partners who are dedicated to enhancing the well-being and safety of farm families.

Funding Opportunities

The BHWC often provides the opportunity to apply to different grant and training funding opportunities. Check back often to see what kind of funding support is available.

Inclusive Language Guides

Inclusive language in the workplace is important for creating cultures where people can feel free to be their authentic selves. Here are resources and toolkits to different inclusive language guides to help build knowledge, understanding and community around respectful and inclusive language.

  1.’s 70 Inclusive Language Principles
  2. Korn Ferry- The Importance of Inclusion in the Workplace
  3. American Psychological Association’s Language Guidelines
  4. APA Inclusive Language

N.A.P.S. job Board

The National Association of Peer Support Professionals (N.A.P.S.) recently launched a new job board for peer support professionals seeking employment and employers seeking to hire peer support professionals across the United States.