Mental Health

Students experiencing a mental health crisis situation such as suicidal ideation or sexual assault while on campus should immediately contact the Illinois Central College Counseling office at (309) 694-5281 or come to Room CC201 to be seen by a personal counselor.

If the mental health emergency happens outside of the ICC Counseling office hours or off campus, students may contact:

  • 911 Emergency Police Line
  • (309) 671-8084 Peoria County Emergency Response Services (ERS)
  • (309) 347-1148 Tazewell County Emergency Response Services (ERS)
  • (309) 673-7373 Call for Help

Possible Mental Health Concerns

We are able to treat several mental health concerns in the ICC Counseling office including, but not limited to the following:

  • Anxiety and Phobias
  • Depression
  • Eating/Body Image Concerns
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Academic Distress
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Grief and Loss
  • Alcohol and Drug Concerns
  • Trauma
  • Anger
  • Adjustment Concerns
  • Loneliness
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Other Psychological Concerns Causing Distress

Free mental health screening available.

Mental Health Resources

Online Resources

  • HalfofUs.com: Offers self-help tools and articles. Topics such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse are covered.
  • ULifeline.org: Offers an online resource for college mental health that contains a mental health library, drug database, and self-evaluation screening tool.
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation: People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder have a damaging preoccupation with their appearance and an obsessive focus on their physical flaws. BDD Foundation’s website contains resources for better understanding the problem, seeking treatment, and spreading the word about the disorder.
  • Center for Complicated Grief: Hosted by the Center for Complicated Grief, this long list of resources gives people alternative outlets, social support groups, and organizations to connect with when healing from the loss of a loved one.
  • CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers: CenterLink’s helpful services are now available online. This website offers links to health centers across the U.S. and links to advocacy groups and educational services.
  • GLBT National Help Center: This site includes information on support, education, and community organizing. One of the center’s best resources is its online volunteer-run confidential chatroom (no transcripts or recordings are saved).
  • Healing From BPD: For anyone with borderline personality disorder, this peer run chat is an online space to ask questions about BPD and its treatment. It’s also a place to share experiences, discuss progress and challenges, and potentially make some new friends who are also healing from borderline personality disorder.
  • IMAlive: Staffed by a network of trained and supervised peer volunteers around the country, IMAlive’s goal is to empower individuals in despair, address their situation, and help them navigate the darkest and most difficult emotional times.
  • International OCD Foundation: An invaluable space for those struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder, this site has many links, resources, and opportunities for volunteering. You can find help, learn more about the illness, and even apply for grants on this site.
  • MentalHealth.gov: The main goal of this government-sponsored resource is to educate people on mental illness in America, while also offering resources to those seeking help. This is a go-to site for descriptions of how each mental health disorder manifests through symptoms. It also includes information on how to get help, support someone you love, or start a dialog about mental health in your community.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness: From education about mental illness to updates on insurance coverage, NAMI offers a slew of resources.There are also personal testimonies from people who can shed light on what it is like to live with a mental illness.
  • National Center for Victims of Crime: This resource enables victims of all types of crimes (think: bullying, physical abuse, stalking, and even terrorism) to secure the specific type of help they need. Individuals in need can plug in their desired assistance, from case advocacy to counseling, along with their state and county for immediate, local help.
  • National Eating Disorder Association of America: A pioneer in the education and treatment for eating disorders, NEDA extends a wide range of support services, learning tools, and opportunities to advocate on behalf of those with an eating disorder.
  • National Institute of Mental Health: One of the most comprehensive and trusted sources for information about mental illness, the National Institute of Mental Health’s site is packed with educational tools designed to promote awareness and provide funding for research. It serves as a hub on a variety of topics: the latest news on a range of disorders, updates on new treatments, and reports on insurance coverage.
  • OK2Talk: Designed for teens and young adults with mental illness, this site offers an online outlet for people to come forward with their own stories, find support, and discuss the diagnoses they may have received.
  • Stalking Resource Center: You probably already know that stalking is an extremely serious issue. But you may not know what type of help to seek if you or someone you know is a victim. Here’s where the Stalking Resource Center can help. They present a number of options for anyone struggling with endless unwanted attention or obsessive behavior. From a brochure explaining what stalking is to tips on developing a safety plan, this site should be the first stop for anyone in need of assistance.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: This government-sponsored resource is full of data, research insights, grants, and educational tools about substance dependencies and mood or behavioral issues. SAMHSA also offers many resources for people suffering from these issues.
  • Trevor Space: Are you a young person seeking support for an identity that falls along the LGBTQ spectrum? This site is an excellent safe haven to connect to other young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer people.

Emergency Helplines

  • Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center (1-888-694-2273): Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center’s hotline can provide you with the information you need about local resources and provide immediate over-the-phone counseling.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255): This suicide prevention hotline is available 24/7 and is staffed by well-trained individuals who can talk to you and offer local referrals if needed.
  • Disaster Distress Hotline (1-800-985-5990): If you’ve recently been the victim of a disaster, this is a go-to resource related to counseling and relief. The trained counselors staffing the Disaster Distress Hotline provide help to those suffering in the wake of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, droughts, and earthquakes as well as incidences of mass violence or health epidemics. The call center is also open to friends and family members of victims. An alternative way to connect is to Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
  • GLBT National Help Line (1-888-843-4564): The GLBT National Help Line, run by peers and allies of the LGBTQ community, can provide you with a person to talk to that understands what it is like to come out, to be bullied for sexual orientation, and/or to navigate same-sex relationships. This hotline can connect you to the GLBT National Help Center’s massive list of resources for LGBTQ-friendly services and organizations near you.
  • GLBT National Help Center for Youth (1-800-246-7743): If you’re under 21 and looking to speak with a peer counselor who really understands issues related to gender or sexual identity, you can call the GLBT National Help Center for Youth. Callers can also access resources to help them.
  • GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project (1-800-832-1901): Domestic violence or sexual assault can happen to anyone. If it’s happened to you and you identify as LGBTQ, this hotline can help. It’s free and confidential and offers you the opportunity to speak with a counselor and to obtain information about safety plans, safe houses, legal resources, and additional crisis intervention options.
  • National Crime Victim Helpline (1-800-394-2255): If you’ve been the victim of any type of crime, this toll-free, confidential help line can connect you with the resources that best address your current situation—from directing you to specific counseling centers and resources to connecting you with legal advice. Whatever the crime, this hotline is a trustworthy first step in getting you the assistance you need, STAT.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7223): Trained domestic violence advocates are available to help those trapped in dangerous home situations 24/7. To receive immediate counseling free of charge and gain access to local resources that can assist you in implementing a safety plan and seeking refuge, call The National Domestic Hotline’s toll-free number.
  • National Eating Disorder Association Helpline (1-800-931-2237): If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, call a trained NEDA representative at the NEDA hotline and they will provide you with information about eating disorders, treatment options, and referrals for help.
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance (1-800-879-6682): NOVA’s hotline is designed to help people who are victims or witnesses of a crime. NOVA representatives can connect you a counseling hotline that best fits your needs. They also provide information about crime and crisis recovery, as well as referrals to victim advocacy.
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673): This hotline can offer counsel and link sexual assault victims to resources that can help them navigate through a traumatic situation. The group’s website also hosts a free and confidential online chat.
  • Samaritan’s Crisis Hotline (1-877-870-4673): Staffed by rigorously trained volunteers, this 24/7 suicide prevention hotline is free of charge and here to help by lending a compassionate, non-judgmental ear when someone is in crisis.
  • Trevor Lifeline (1-866-488-7386): For LGBTQ youth who are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, this lifeline is available free of charge 24 hours per day. The lifeline is staffed with fully trained individuals ready to assist. Another option is to text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 to connect with a skilled support line responder.

Addiction Support Groups

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Open to anyone struggling with an alcohol abuse. No dues or fees required.
  • Al-Anon: Al-Anon supports individuals affected by others’ alcoholism and even offers a specialized program for teens (Alateen).
  • Cocaine Anonymous: CA is modeled after the 12 steps and peer-support design of AA. People wrestling with addictions to other substances in addition to cocaine are also welcome to address that at CA. Meetings are free and open to all.
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous: Crystal Meth Anonymous was also born out of AA and is for people struggling with an addiction to crystal meth.
  • Dual Recovery Anonymous: Dual Recovery Anonymous offers a specialized 12-step program for folks struggling with chemical dependencies as well as emotional and psychological disorders.
  • Gamblers Anonymous: People who find themselves stressed by excessive gambling habits can seek support through this group.
  • LifeRing: LifeRing doesn’t involve any official “steps.” And there’s no need for sponsorship. The organization does, however, provide forums and face-to-face meetings to help people who wish to be sober design their own recoveries in a way that makes sense for them.
  • Narcotics Anonymous: Designed for drug addicts struggling with all types of chemical dependencies.
  • Nar-Anon: Similar to Al-Anon and Alateen, Nar-Anon offers support to the family members and friends of people struggling with addiction. Meetings give a safe space for people to sort out their feelings and make sense of their loved one’s addictive behavior and its impact on their lives.
  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety: A secular alternative to AA, this support network is for anyone seeking sobriety. Meetings are held across the U.S.
  • SMART Recovery: Modeled after research-based cognitive behavioral therapy strategies, SMART meetings do not require you to identify as an addict or alcoholic. Put an emphasis on empowering members. The group isn’t exclusively for alcoholics; SMART doors are open to individuals struggling with all types of addictions.

Other Support Groups

  • Overeaters Anonymous: Designed in the 12-step spirit of AA to help people manage compulsive eating habits and cultivate a healthier relationship with food.
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous: People with sex addictions can learn to manage their behavior, gain insight into their impulses, and start their recovery through peer support with 12-step SAA meetings.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: If you’ve lost someone you love to suicide, AFSP support groups will give you a place to discuss your feelings and manage grief in the company of others who understand because they’ve been there too. While some meetings take place during a set time span, others are ongoing and open to attendees showing up as frequently as they wish.
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America Support Groups: ADAA offers an extensive, searchable list of free or affordable resources specifically for anxieties, phobias, and mood issues. The organization also offers resources for general support for faulty thinking and behavior patterns, relationship problems, and self-esteem issues.
  • Co-dependents Anonymous: CoDa meetings are modeled after AA’s 12 steps and seek to empower individuals to break free from self-destructive habits and develop healthier relationships.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: This alliance offers over 700 national groups with peer support. It’s a judgment-free discussion zone where you can open up about life’s challenges brought on by living with depression or bipolar disorder.
  • Emotions Anonymous: Even if you don’t have an addiction, you can still apply the 12-step model to manage negative thinking, self-esteem issues, loneliness, and other destructive feelings with the support of over 1,000 EA meetings worldwide.
  • GLBT Near Me: The GLBT National Resource Database offers over 1,000 support services for people of all genders, sexual orientations, races, and ages.
  • Heal Grief: At some point in our lives, all of us will have to wrestle with the many stages of grief. But it helps if we’ve got people to talk to about our loss—especially someone in the midst of a similar grieving process or someone who have come through to the other side. Heal Grief’s support services extend across the U.S. and can be found, organized by state, via the drop down menu on the group’s website.
  • Sidran’s HelpDesk: The Sidran Institute offers services for people with PTSD. Trauma can trigger a huge amount of emotional suffering, and without help, some people can be debilitated by their symptoms.

Community Resources

Agape Counseling
Phone: (309) 6924433
Address: 2001 W. Willow Knolls Rd., Peoria, IL 61614
Services: Agape Counseling is a Christian organization that respects your personal, moral and religious values.

The Antioch Group
Phone: (309) 692‐6622
Address: 6615 N. Big Hollow Rd., Peoria, IL 61615
Services: Provide counseling and mental health services for a wide variety of issues from depression and anxiety to autism, eating disorders, drug abuse, and marriage counseling.

CARE Hotline
Phone (Toll-Free): 1‐800‐345‐9049
Services: Mental Health Services

Call for Help
Phone: (309) 673‐7373
Services: Counseling crisis situations.

Cancer Center for Living Health
Phone: (309) 693‐8139
Address: 5215 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614
Services: Counseling, education and therapy.

First United Methodist Church
Phone: (309) 673‐3641
Address: 116 N.E. Perry Ave., Peoria, IL 61603

Riverside Community Church
Phone: (309) 676‐7700
Address: 207 N.E. Monroe St., Peoria, IL 61602

Northwoods Community Church
Phone: (309) 243‐1550 (Ask for Carolyn Gunn)
Address: 10700 N. Allen Rd., Peoria, IL 61615

The Center for Prevention of Abuse
Phone: (309) 691‐0551 Toll-Free: 1-800‐559‐7233
Address: 720 W. Joan Ct., Peoria, IL 61614

FamilyCore
Phone: (309) 676‐2400
Address: 330 S.W. Washington St., Peoria, IL 61602
Services: Counseling services to individuals and families. Specialty areas include: depression, anxiety, parent‐child conflicts/parenting, school problems, pre‐marital/marital concerns, drug and alcohol, job related/joblessness concerns, grief/loss, adolescence, trauma and stages of life adjustments.

Family Focus USA
Phone: (309) 692‐3100
Address: 10928 N. Rhonda Way, Dunlap, IL 61525
Services: Biblical Counseling for teens, parents, couples, and families.

Fayette Companies ~ True North Solutions and Human Service Center
Phone: (309) 589‐8900
Address: 3400 New Leaf Ln., Peoria, IL 61615
Services: Serious mental illness and counseling services.

Illinois Assistance for Addiction Recovery
Phone: (309) 691‐1055
Address: 5409 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614

Joy Miller and Associates
Phone: (309) 693‐8200
Address: 7617 N. Villa Wood Ln., Peoria, IL 61614
Services: Individual Counseling.

Lutheran Social Services
Phone: (309) 671‐0300
Address: 3000 W. Rohmann Ave., West Peoria, IL 61604
Services: Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) provides counseling services for individuals and families, as well as support services for single‐parent families.

Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley
Phone: (309) 692‐1766
Address: 5407 N. University St., Peoria, IL 61614
Services: Crisis hotline; mental health screening and education.

Methodist Medical Center of Central Illinois
Phone: (309) 672‐5522
Address: 221 N.E. Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61636

OSF Behavioral Health
Phone: (309) 655-2000
Address: 530 NE Glen Oak Ave, Peoria, IL 61637
Services: For more than 25 years, the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Behavioral Health Services has been providing support for children and adults who are facing acute emotional or behavioral problems that have a negative impact on daily life coping and functioning.

Tazwood Mental Health Center
Phone: (309) 694-6462
Address: 111 West Washington Street #230, East Peoria, IL 61611
Services: If you struggle with emotional, behavioral, adjustment, familial concerns, addiction, DUI, severe relationship conflicts, or difficulty adjusting to life situations. Whatever the circumstances, these issues can have serious, debilitating effects. Tazwood Center for Wellness offers a variety of behavioral health services to help improve lives. Their professional and experienced staff provide a comprehensive spectrum of specialized programs to serve the varied and complex needs of individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Teen Challenge (Males only)
Phone: (309) 673‐3716
Address: 311 S. Olive St., Peoria, IL 61606