If at any time you feel you, your child, or someone you know is in an emergency situation, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Students: If it is not an emergency situation, but you would like to talk to someone, ask your teacher or a trusted adult at school to help you arrange for a meeting with your school's social worker/psychologist
(suicide & Crisis line)
Anyone in distress – or anyone trying to help someone who is – can now call a simple three-digit number, 988, to speak with a trained counselor. Studies have shown that even a brief 10- to a 15-minute conversation can result in a caller feeling less suicidal, less depressed, and less overwhelmed.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -1-800-273-8255- still works, but the service has received an update and will now be able to address more mental health concerns, as well as suicide crises.
Text "Home" to 741741
for Crisis Counseling
Text-A-Tip is a 24/7 anonymous text crisis hotline offering emotional support for middle school and high school youth. The hotline utilizes non-District 70, local fully licensed mental health professionals from our community to help our students through crisis and direct them to resources available.
Possible reasons one would contact Text-A-Tip:
- Concerns about Bullying
- Difficult Family Situations
- Suicidal Thoughts/Ideations
How do I contact Text-A-Tip?
Text "LAKECO" to 1-844-823-5323
This section includes information on many of the more difficult topics. Included are resources related to depression, suicide, sexual abuse, self-harm (cutting) and anxiety:
- Depression in Children and Adolescents: A quick guide for parents and educators. Good insight into symptoms and what can be done to help
- Find Support: This is a list of various websites for national organizations that have support for those who may be depressed or know someone who is
- Adolescents who Self-Harm: Information for parents about teens who are self-harming (cutting). Warning signs and ideas for support provided.
- School Refusal: Information for parents regarding teens and school refusal.
- Erin's Law: Information about Erin, the background of the law, prevention of childhood sexual abuse, and additional resources.
- Faith's Law: Faith’s Law requires school districts, charter schools, and nonpublic schools to develop an employee code of professional conduct policy by July 1, 2022 that addresses all of the following:
- Incorporates the Code of Ethics for Illinois Educators
- Incorporates the definition of “sexual misconduct” as defined in 105 ILCS 5/22-85.5
- Identifies the expectations for employees and agents regarding how to maintain a professional relationship with students, including the expectations for staff-student boundaries, recognizing the age and developmental level of the students served, and establishes guidelines for the following situations:
- Transporting a student
- Taking or possessing a photo or a video of a student
- Meeting with a student or contacting a student outside of the employee’s or agent’s professional role
- References the employee reporting requirements required under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and under Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972
- References required employee training that is related to child abuse and educator ethics that are applicable under State and federal law
- Signs of Sexual Abuse: Warning signs of sexual abuse in children and adolescents.