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Happy Thanksgiving! The Library will be closed on November 26 & 27.

We assembled a list of mental health resources to help you through this tough time. These are not meant to replace medical care. See our list of community resources with contact information to a variety of resources.

If you need help finding resources, please contact the Library at 708-366-7171 or email our social work intern at socialworkintern@fppl.org.

Emotional Support Text Line

The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.

Virtual Social Work Appointments

The Library is offering free virtual appointments with our social work intern Raqueal Pullums, a student at Loyola University School of Social Work. You can email her to set up an appointment at socialworkintern@fppl.org.

Online Meditation Course through Lynda.com

Learn meditation and mental clarity exercises to help you manage stress through breathing exercises, visualizations, and loving kindness techniques. Free access with your FPPL card. Need a card? Go here.

NAMI Resource Guide

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of American affected by mental illness. Find NAMI’s updated COVID-19 Information and Resources guide here.

The Great Courses: Masters of Mindfulness Kanopy

Your FPPL card gets you free access to The Great Courses through Kanopy. Access this course with multiple lessons from renowned specialists on mindfulness, its benefits and how to practice. Free access with your FPPL card. Need a card? Go here.

Ten things you can do during the pandemic to feel better right now. 

A simple list of things you can do immediately to feel better. 

When you feel helpless, sometimes the best thing you can do is help others

Check out this list from WGN about ways you can help if you are able to. 
Here is another list of what local organizations need to keeping helping our community.

Go Outside
Getting some sunshine can be extremely beneficial. Check out this list of outdoor social distancing activities from The Chicago Tribune

Eat Healthy
Eating healthy can make a huge difference in how you feel. Check out this collection of health eating cookbooks and guides to get some inspiration. All ebooks can be accessed instantly with your FPPL card and Hoopla Digital. Check some out! Free access with your FPPL card. Need a card? Go here.

Manage Anxiety & Stress, from the CDC

Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Ways to Cope with Fear, from PsychCentral 

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Looking for an online or phone Alcoholics Anonymous meeting?

Looking for an online or phone Al-anon or Alateen meeting?

Take care of yourself, Forest Park! Remember the Library is still here for you.

Reach out through social media (Facebook and Instagram), by email at askus@fppl.org, or by phone at 708-366-7171.