Emotional Support

If you are having thoughts of wanting to harm yourself or others, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Clinical Employee Assistance Services at UIC
Clinical Employee Assistance Services is a confidential counseling resource that specializes in working with employees and their family members who are experiencing personal problem(s) that may be affecting the employee's job performance. The assistance program is available to help clarify issues, identify resources and offer follow-up assistance as needed.
Location: 820 S. Wood Street, 365 Clinical Sciences North (CSN)
Phone: 312.996.3588 (Geri Biamonte)
Hours: 7:30 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday

COVID-19 Emotional Support Line
COVID-19 Emotional Support Line for healthcare workers and other hospital support staff involved in the care of patients diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19. The Support Line team consists of a multidisciplinary group of clinicians – including psychiatrists, social workers, and psychologists – familiar with crisis management and psychological first-aid techniques aimed at fostering resilience and adaptation. It will be led by Erin Tobin, LCSW, supervisor of Behavioral Health Social Work in the Department of Health Social Work.

You can reach the Support Line at 312.996.4432. Ms. Tobin will answer your call and conduct a brief intake. Next, you will receive a return call in less than 30 minutes from a member of the Support Line team. Depending on the nature of the challenges you are facing, you will receive support over the telephone for one or several calls. If you are interested in additional help, we can connect you with resources either within UI Health or at an outside agency. The COVID-19 Support Line will be available Monday-Friday, 9 am through 5 pm.

This resource is meant to complement other resources that are available to you within UI Health or privately. Remember, there are other resources available to you as a UI Health employee, including UIC Employee Assistance Services (contact Geri Biamonte at 312.996.3588) and Magellan Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a 24/7 support line, at 866.659.3848.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
EAP provides a valuable resource for support and information during difficult times. The EAP is a free, voluntary, and confidential program that provides problem identification, counseling and referral services for employees and their covered dependents regardless of the health plan chosen. Employees will be directed to counseling services to assist them with a variety of concerns.
ComPsych 24/7 Support Line: 833.955.3400
UIC Employee Assistance Services: Geri Biamonte at 312.996.3588

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Available 24/7
Online: https://988lifeline.org
Chat or Call:

Office of Applied Psychological Services (OAPS)
The Office of Applied Psychological Services (OAPS) is a mental health clinic in the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). We offer therapy and psychological assessment using approaches that are based on scientific theory and supported by scientific evidence, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. OAPS serves the UIC community, including faculty, staff, and students, as well as people living or working in the greater Chicago area.
Location: 1007 West Harrison Street, Room 3011A, Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB)
Phone: 312.996.2540

UIC Counseling CenterMental Health Resources
Sometimes, all you need to get through a stressful time are some online resources. Other times, online resources are a helpful addition to other therapeutic services. While visiting the site, please consider taking an anonymous mental health screener, or look at the resources for stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, grief and loss, or tragedy.
Location: 1200 West Harrison, 2010 Student Services Building (SSB)
Phone: 312.996.3490
Hours: 8 am — 5 pm, Monday-Friday