Looking for Help?

If you are not in immediate danger because of thoughts of suicide, but need someone to talk with about your suicidal feelings, please do not hesitate to call the national suicide prevention line:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-TALK (8255)


You may call these suicide prevention numbers from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day. People are waiting to help you. Call the suicide prevention number right now if you need to. And always remember that it is never okay to act on your thoughts of suicide. Call the suicide prevention number now if you need to.

Never act on your thoughts of suicide.

The Trevor Project Lifeline – A hotline for LGBTQ young people considering suicide



You may call these suicide prevention numbers from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day. People are waiting to help you. Call the suicide prevention number right now if you need to. And always remember that it is never okay to act on your thoughts of suicide. Call the suicide prevention number now if you need to.

Never act on your thoughts of suicide.

StartYourRecovery.org – A resource for those dealing with substance use issues


StartYourRecovery.org (SYR) offers relatable information for people who are dealing with substance use issues — and their family members, friends, and co-workers, too. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, and SYR aims to break through the clutter to help people at any stage of recovery.

SYR’s goal is to offer people who are dealing with substance use issues a single source of reputable, objective information about signs, symptoms, conditions, treatment options, and resources — presented in a user-friendly format and in language that’s easy to understand.

Heritage Behavioral Health Center

24 hour Crisis Hotline 217-362-6262


Heritage provides comprehensive community-based services to treat the most serious behavioral disorders and links them closely with providers of inpatient care; They provide these services to over 4,000 people annually. They also provide a wide variety of innovative outreach, crisis intervention and prevention services in our communities.

Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Child Abuse Hotline



Child abuse is the mistreatment of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caretaker, someone living in their home or someone who works with or around children. The mistreatment must cause injury or put the child at risk of physical injury. Child abuse can be physical (such as burns or broken bones), sexual (such as fondling or incest), or emotional. Neglect happens when a parent or responsible caretaker fails to provide adequate supervision, food, clothing, shelter or other basics for a child.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)


Alcoholics Anonymous District 11 serves the counties of Christian, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby. Meetings are currently in the cities of Clinton, Decatur, Mt.Zion, Pana, Shelbyville, Stonington, Sullivan, and Taylorville. For more in-depth information on Alcoholics Anonymous, please visit the AA General Service Office website at www.aa.org.

Decatur Narcotics Anonymous



Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 30,000 weekly meetings in over 108 countries worldwide. Visit the website to view meetings in the Decatur area.

Macon County Child Advocacy Center



Children who have been victims of abuse need people who care for them as people, not as case files. Children and their families receive this care and concern at the Macon County Child Advocacy Center.

Here is a safe child-friendly place where children are interviewed. They find a home-like atmosphere, away from the cold intimidating walls of the police station.

Dove, Inc. Domestic Violence Hotline



The Dove shelter is a place of safety and respite for women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse. The shelter is staffed 24 hours a day and provides not only the basic necessities for its residents but also support services. The shelter is accessible on a walk-in basis at 302 S. Union, Decatur, IL.

St. Mary’s Treatment Center



Because recovery from a substance abuse disorder is ongoing, St. Mary’s offers a range of treatment options designed to meet each patient’s changing needs. They are a 12-Step inspired program staffed with professionals with a wealth of knowledge surrounding chemical dependency issues. Abstinence and recovery from drugs and alcohol are the goals of the treatment.

Community Health Environmental Learning Project (CHELP)



Since 1980, CHELP in Decatur, IL has offered private home care and house cleaning services. In addition to that, CHELP has offered programs and help for adult protective services. CHELP is a non-profit, state financed agency that serves people of all ages in the Macon County area.

Macon County Health Department



The Macon County Health Department (MCHD) is a Certified Local Health Department that provides clinical and social preventive services for all ages through the operation of various programs, services, and partnerships. Our vision is to lead Macon County to be one of the healthiest counties in Illinois and our mission is to promote the health and healthy practices of all residents of Macon County.

Macon County Government


Please see their website for individual department numbers.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation



Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse


This website is a collection of research-based and best-practice early intervention information for EI staff, providers and families. The site features a library of videos, books, manuals and journals related to the development of young children with special needs and their families.

Support Groups

  • Mother to Mother: Postpartum Depression – A support group for women to share thoughts and feelings, receive support, and obtain information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in a non-judgemental, confidential environment. Meets the first Wednesday of the month at noon and the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm at the Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin St., Decatur in the Staley Room. Website: http://www.decaturlibrary.org.
  •  Mood Tides – A support group for those whose lives are affected by mood disorders. Meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 3850 Lourdes Dr., Decatur. Website: http://www.moodtidesofdecatur.com. Email: moodtidesofdecatur@gma.com
  • Macon County LGBTQA Youth Group – A support group for junior and senior high youth who identify as LGBTQA and their allies. The group meets every Friday from 6:00-9:00 pm. Participation is strictly confidential. For more information, contact Jenny Cowgill at (217) 794-2521 or email at jlscowgill@yahoo.com.

Research Information and Web Links

We have posted links here to give our viewers updated information on Mental Health information from national organizations.

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

National Institute of Mental Health

National Mental Health Information Center

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration