Mental Health Resources

If you currently have a desire to harm yourself or are feeling suicidal, reach out for help immediately. Call 911, the national suicide hotline (1-800-273-8255), or go to the nearest emergency room to receive care.

Mental health concerns challenge our ability to experience life fully. Our number one recommendation is to seek healing through a relationship with a counselor. These professionals are trained to help you through whatever pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. If you need help finding a Christian counselor, reach out to one of our response pastors or visit:
  • Betterhelp.com -- you’ll be asked detailed questions, including your faith preferences, whether you’d like prayer to be a part of sessions, etc. in the process of being matched with a counselor
  • Psychologytoday.com -- you can narrow the counselor search yourself by selecting a wide variety of filters including, faith, location, specialty, treatment, etc.

Call us—or we can call you.

If you’re not sure exactly what your next step is, or if you’d like our help finding a counselor, you can speak confidentially with a Willow Creek pastor about your situation, receive prayer, and choose practical next steps. Simply call (847) 765-5000 and ask to speak with a response pastor, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday. (Please note, Willow Creek's staff have the week off from June 29-July 3, so Response Pastors won’t be available until July 6. If you’d like to request a call, fill out this form.)

We recognize that, for some, making a phone call can produce some anxiety. If you feel more comfortable with us initiating the phone conversation, then simply fill out this form. We would be happy to have one of our response pastors call you after the holiday.

Resources to Listen to

The Relate podcast Season 6: Life’s InterruptionsWhen life is moving along at a fast pace and all of a sudden we are hit with a change--planned or unplanned-- that leaves us with feelings of sadness and loss, how do we respond to those feelings instead of ignoring them and simply adjusting to our “new normal?” In this season of the Relate Podcast, the conversation centers on how the feelings of loss that pile up from life’s “little losses” really do need our attention so that we can heal and grow. Download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or check it out on the website here

Resources to Watch

1. If you need support through the mental challenges of isolation and social distancing, watch this panel discussion with a group of Christian counselors who offer their advice on how to deal with the anxiety, depression, isolation, and discrimination that has surfaced as a result of COVID-19. You can also click the questions below to jump to those specific responses.

Please note, this panel discussion was recorded on May 22. It is intended to be a purely educational event and is not therapy. The statements here are not intended to be diagnostic. Please follow the guidelines and advice of your healthcare team, including your counselor, as they know you best.

2. Check out this insightful and extremely practical conversation between Willow South Lake Associate Pastor, Scott Woods, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Laura Gebhardt, about maintaining mental health in the midst of isolation.

3. In this TED Talk, “There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health” by Sangu Delle, he shares his own story of overcoming the stigma against mental health in order to be healthy and more fully human.

 

Resources to Read

1.  If you’re uncertain about therapy, for whatever reason, this article by Tamara L. Stevens addresses some common fears about therapy and offers helpful perspective on the benefits of counseling. 

2. In this article by Scott Berinato called, “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief by Scott Berinato,” he addresses the feelings that many of us are experiencing during the pandemic and helps us to name them as grief so that we can begin to heal.

  

Instagram Accounts to Follow

@lindsaybraman 

@coffeehiphopandmentalhealth 

@normalizetherapy