District 15 wants you to know that no one has to maneuver through difficult and challenging times alone. A wealth of resources in McHenry County and nationally are available to you and your children as support. Please take some time to explore the different support networks available to you and your student(s) locally, statewide, and nationally.
A comprehensive list of services can be found here: Services – McHenry County Mental Health Board. As another measure of support for you or your child(ren), consider downloading the MCHelp App (more information below) which is a free and anonymous app that allows you to confidentially text or talk to a licensed mental health counselor. Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please note the following resource available to District 15 families and students. McHenry County teens and tweens now have faster and easier access via text to mental health resources with a new mobile app called “MCHELP.” MCHELP is an anonymous texting service that allows teens to find immediate help. The service is available 24/7 and targets middle and high school students. It is completely anonymous, and is staffed with trained, licensed counselors to support teenagers who have a concern or a crisis. This app is intended for middle school and high school students in McHenry County, IL.
To download the MCHELP app, visit the links below or search "MCHELP" from your cell phone.
Apple App Store:
Google Play Store:
Safe2Help Illinois is a statewide resource that allows students to text or call a mental health professional. It also has a significant amount of resources for students and families on a variety of topics including bullying.
Child Abuse and NeglectContact the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) hotline by phone at 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873) or visit the DCFS website to make an online report.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Available 24/7
Crisis Text Hotline - Available 24/7
Public Act 102-134, which was signed and immediately went into effect on July 23, 2021, provides that each school district shall provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and for the Crisis Text Line on the back of each student identification card issued by the school district. If the school district does not issue student identification cards to its students or to all of its students, the school district must publish this information on its website.