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To help our community heal, the Highwood Public Library & Community Center will offer supportive and mental health services free of charge.
Some services are available in English and Spanish. Additional resources are available here.
Individual Therapy

Offers one-on-one sessions with caring and licensed therapists to help individuals heal, grow, and move toward more productive, healthy lives.

By appointment. Contact Yenny at
yavila@highwoodlibrary.org

Life and Wellness Coaching

Offers one-on-one sessions with a certified life coach to define and achieve personal health and wellness goals.

By appointment. Contact Erika at
equezada@highwoodlibrary.org

Community Conversations and Workshops

Facilitates a series of community conversations in Spanish on grief, trauma, and processing difficult emotions and feelings to break the stigma around mental health.

August 3 & 17 from 6:00-7:00pm
August 10 & 24 from 12:00-1:00pm
In the Library and on Zoom. Contact Erika at
equezada@highwoodlibrary.org

Support Groups

Provides an opportunity for the community to share personal experiences and feelings and develop coping strategies.

Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm
No appointment needed. Contact Viri at
vgonzalez@highwoodlibrary.org

Case Management

Connects community members with resources needed to address the underlying issues they face.

By Appointment. Contact Viri at
vgonzalez@highwoodlibrary.org

Guided Meditations

Creates spaces to practice meditation and find peace and calm in times of stress.

Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00pm
In the Library and on Zoom. Contact Erika at
equezada@highwoodlibrary.org

Resource Navigation Center

We are working closely with the City of Highland Park to continue serving as a Resource Navigation Center. In this role, we will provide access to community resources and wraparound support for victims of the Fourth of July parade shooting.

Contact the library at (847) 432-5404 if you need case management or counseling support, information about immigration assessments and legal aid, or referrals to victim services. To speak with the library’s Case Manager, Diana Alvey, call (847) 220-4970.

Use the information below to connect directly with our community partners:

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Immigration and Legal Aid

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic | Call (847) 737-4042

  • U Visa Assistance
  • Immigration Assessment
  • Fraud
  • Domestic Violence
  • By appointment only
  • English | Spanish
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Prosecution and Victim Services

Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office | Call (847) 377-3000

  • Legal process and victims’ rights
  • Enforcement of victim’s constitutional and statutory rights
  • Assessment of victim situation and referrals to other services
  • English | Spanish | other needed languages
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Case Management and Counseling

Family Services of Lake County | Call (847) 432-4981

  • Counseling 
    • Individual and Family Counseling 
  • By appointment only 
  • English | Spanish

United Way of Lake County | Call (211)

  • Available resources in Lake County
  • English | Spanish | other needed languages

Mano a Mano Family Resource Center | Call (847) 201-1521 or (224) 662-1501

  • Financial assistance to victims
  • By appointment only
  • English | Spanish
Other Resources

211 Helpline
Provides immediate resource navigation for community members who need to find available resources for those impacted. 211 is free, confidential, 24/7, and multilingual, with English and Spanish-speaking staff and assistance to other languages via interpreters in 150 languages.

  • Search for updated list of available resources at https://bit.ly/211NowHP or visit 211LakeCounty.org
  • Call 2-1-1 for live resource navigation with a 211 specialist
  • Text your zip code to 898211 for live resource navigation with a 211 specialist

Lake County Mobile Crisis Hotline
Can immediately link the community to mental health services and provide mental health referrals, 24/7. The team can help find a safe place to recover if needed. Emergency transportation may be provided to shelters, crisis respite centers, hospitals, or substance use treatment centers.

  • Call 847-377-8088 for a live crisis counselor.

Disaster Distress Hotline
Provides immediate, 24/7 crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Covers topics such as stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms related to a disaster.

  • Call 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish)
  • Text TalkWithUs (for English) or Hablanos (for Spanish) to 66746 to connect with a counselor

Veterans Crisis Line
Provides 24/7, confidential, crisis support to all veterans, all service members, National Guard and Reserve, and family members and friends.

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