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Where to Find Free, or Low-Cost Mental Health Support in Chicago

By February 20, 2024March 8th, 2024Health, Immigration Policy, Resources

Borderless compiled a list of organizations across the Chicagoland area that provide free or low-cost mental health support.

Illustration by Mike Centeno for Borderless Magazine
New arrivals are experiencing mental health issues as they struggle to navigate unstable housing and federal backlog in asylum and workout permit applications.
By February 20, 2024March 8th, 2024Health, Immigration Policy, Resources

Borderless compiled a list of organizations across the Chicagoland area that provide free or low-cost mental health support.

Amid the ongoing migrant crisis, new arrivals are experiencing various mental health issues stemming, in part, from a traumatic journey to the United States. The mental health struggles have been exacerbated by unstable housing, a backlog of work permit applications, and a general uncertainty about the path forward.

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In Chicago, many immigrant and refugee serving agencies offer mental health services to individuals and families, some of whom have faced displacement, trauma, violence and more. These organizations say providing mental health services to immigrant communities is important.

Borderless Magazine has compiled a list of organizations and agencies offering free or low-cost mental health support. 

If you are in an emergency call:

NAMI Mental Health Hotline 


Suicide Prevention Lifeline 


Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline 


North Side

Middle Eastern Immigrant and Refugee Alliance (MIRA)

Through their Refugee Women’s Mental Health Empowerment Program, MIRA provides free mental health counseling and advocacy services for refugee and immigrant women.

Languages: Arabic

Address: 6420 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

Phone number: 773-409 4597

Apna Ghar (Our Home)

Apna Ghar offers various gender violence and domestic violence services, including crisis intervention, emergency housing and counseling, for free. 

Languages: Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Spanish, Tigrinya, Amharic, Tamil, Polish, French, Italian, English

Address: 4350 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60613 

24-hour Crisis Hotline: (773) 334-4663

Uptown Office Phone: (773) 883-4663

Skokie Office Phone: (847) 983-4099

Ashburn Office Phone: (773) 697-3272 

Hanul Family Alliance

Hanul Family Alliances provides no-cost to low-cost counseling services for individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages. Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, Cigna, Medicare, Medicaid and Aetna are insurances they accept. 

Languages: Korean and English 

Locations: By appointment only


Chicago: 5008 N. Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL 60625 


Mount Prospect: 1166 S. Elmhurst Road, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056


Lake County: 2900 N. Main St., 1st FL Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 


Lutheran Social Services Illinois (LSSI)

LSSI offers a mental health clinic for adults with counseling, case management and psychiatric appointments. Telehealth services are also available. The first visit is free.

Address: 5215 N. California Ave. Suite F101, Chicago, IL

Walk-in hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Phone: 833-610-5774

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Chicago (NAMI)

NAMI offers free recovery-focused groups and family support groups with no ID required. The family and recovery group takes place in Spanish every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Address: 1801 W. Warner Ave., Suite 202, Chicago, IL 60613

Helpline number: 833-626-4244

Rincon Family Services 

Rincon Family Services provides a comfortable, safe, non-clinical space for adults experiencing mental health challenges, specifically counseling and therapy. They only accept Medicaid. 

Languages: Spanish and English 

Address: 3710 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

Phone number: 773-564-9070

SGA Youth & Family Services’ Unaccompanied Migrant Youth Project

They work with unaccompanied migrant children, DACA recipients, refugees, and any migrant youth who may have experienced family separation at the border/deportation of a family member. Any youth under 18 who has experienced trauma is also eligible to receive therapy services through this project.

Address: 11 E. Adams, Suite 240, Chicago, IL 60604

Phone number: 312-447-4342


South Side

Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA)

MAHA’s Community Mental Health Clinic provides linguistically appropriate and culturally sensitive mental health services to underserved Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander populations in the Chicagoland area. MAHA’s staff of mental health professionals provides affordable services for all ages, including individual therapy, family therapy, school consultations and mental health seminars. 

MAHA’s services are covered by Medicaid, Medicaid MCOs (Aetna Better Health, Blue Cross Community Health Plan, Meridian, and Molina), County Care, and other private insurances. They also offer self-pay sliding scale fees. 

Languages: Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese and English. 

For inquiries, fill out this form or call their office. 

Address: 218 W. 26th St, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60616

Phone number: 312-285-2287 


Between Friends 

The organization offers free, no-cost counseling and domestic violence crisis intervention services for adolescents and adults. No photo ID is required. Call their 24-hour helpline to make an appointment. 

Languages: Spanish, Arabic, French, English

24 Hour Helpline: 800-603-4357

Office Phone: 773-274-5232 

El Circulo/The Circle Resource Center for Women 

El Circulo provides no cost to low-cost therapy for individuals, couples, families and group psychotherapy primarily for women. 

Languages: Spanish, English

Address: 2648 W. Pershing Road, Chicago, IL 60632 

By appointment only.

Phone number: 872-444-5148 

Mujeres Latinas en Acción 

Mujeres Latinas en Acción offers free services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and parenting classes for all ages. 

Languages: Spanish and English 

Address: 2124 W. 21st Pl. Chicago, IL 60608 

Walk-ins are welcome. 

Phone number: 773-890-7676

West Side

Community Health

Community Health offers free social services such as emotional support and short-term counseling. Call the number to make an appointment. 

Address: 2611 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 

Languages: Spanish, Polish, English

Phone number: 773-395-9900

Health Alternative Services (HAS)

HAS provides a safe, calming alternative to the emergency room when someone is experiencing emotional stress. 

Languages: Spanish and English 

Address: 5001 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL. 

Walk-Ins or Calls Welcome

Phone: 312-850-0050 

The Collaborative Bridges 

The Collaborative Bridges offers assistance with behavioral health, substance abuse or mental health. 

Languages: English and Spanish 

Phone: 872-235-0777

The Encompassing Center

The Encompassing Center offers free therapy and case management services to residents of North Lawndale, East and West Garfield Park and Near West Side. 

Languages: Spanish and English 

Address: 3019 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 

Phone: 773-638-5703