Grieving Together as a Community. Arden Shore Child and Family Services stands together with the City of Highland Park, Lake County, and partner service providers in grief for the victims and the families of the violent, mass shooting on Independence Day. On the path of recovery, we are stronger together.
You are not alone.
While grief is a process that can look different for everyone, no one has to go through it alone. Trauma-informed counseling is available throughout Lake County.
Arden Shore’s Behavioral Health Professionals are offering increased service capacity for the week of July 5th to provide trauma-informed support for children, adults, and families impacted by the violence in Highland Park. If you or your child need support, please call the Behavioral Health team at 847-623-1730 to confirm availability for walk-in services at our Waukegan location. Counselors are also available to provide support by phone at 847-623-1730.
Hours of Availability:
- Wednesday, July 6th: 3-6p
- Thursday, July 7th: 3-6p
- Friday, July 8th: 12-2p
- Saturday, July 9th: 10a-12p
Additional resources and support services:
– The Lake County Crisis Line: 847-377-8088. Crisis Counselors are available 24 hours a day to speak with you by phone. You do not have to give your name when you call. We can help guide you through difficult times, manage stress, anxiety and depression, and cope with longer-term difficulties. Information and referrals to other Health Department programs are also available.
– Lake County’s 211: Lake County residents can access 211 by phone, text 898-211* or online United Way 211 – 211 Site to find resources in the area.
– Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-800-985-5990: Spanish-
– National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – bilingual operators are available. If you or a loved one are feeling suicidal or are experiencing an acute mental health crisis, do not hesitate to call. If you are or a loved one are in imminent danger, please call 911.
– Illinois Call4Calm Text Line is available 24/7 by texting the word ‘TALK’ (or ‘HABLAR’) to 552020. You will be connected to trained mental health personnel in your own community. Participation is anonymous – your first name and zip code are requested in order to connect you to the support you need.
– The NAMI HelpLine, 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) is open 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday. You will speak with trained volunteer who will listen, answer questions, and help you find local resources. Visit our interactive map to find any of our 19 Illinois NAMI affiliates.
– The National Association of School Psychologists offers practical tips for educators and parents in talking to children about violence, starting with reassuring youth that they are safe in this moment.
– Resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
- Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
- Coping after Mass Violence — For adults
- For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence | Spanish version
- Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers | Spanish version
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers | Spanish version
- Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers | Spanish version
- Talking to Children: When Scary Things Happen | Spanish version