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Welcome! Learn About Current Counseling Services Offered:

DePaul's My Student Support Program (My SSP) provides brief, individual counseling for all currently enrolled students. Students can use MySSP to access confidential support anytime, anywhere.

  • Call direct at 1-866-743-7732. (If calling from outside North America, dial 001.416.380.6578.)
  • Or Download the My SSP app: Search 'My SSP' in either the Apple App store or Google Play. 
  • Through the app, all students can call or chat with a Student Support Counselor 24/7 in real-time or schedule a telephone or secure video session.
  • For more information, go to go.depaul.edu/myssp or watch a video tutorial here.
  • Phone/virtual consultations and referrals to outside services are available through DePaul's University Counseling Services (UCS). Call 1-773-325-7779 to schedule an initial phone consultation. If staff are on another call, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and student ID number, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
  • For ongoing counseling support, counseling staff will provide resources and referral support.

In case of an urgent or life-threatening emergency:

  • Call 911, go to your nearest emergency room, or (if you are on campus) call Public Safety: 1-773-325-7777 (Lincoln Park) or 1-312-362-8400 (Loop).

Email DePaul UCS

Frequently Asked Questions

All full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate DePaul students can receive initial consultations, triage and referrals to mental health professionals from University Counseling Services. Students can also access brief, individual mental health support via chat, and scheduled support via telephone or video with a counselor through the My SSP app. Students can also access digital content, including wellness and fitness resources.

Students have access to  My SSP 24/7/365, and can download the app from Google Play or the Apple App store, or call 1-866-743-7732 (001-416-380-6578 outside of the U.S.).

For direct access to a counselor, call 1-866-743-7732 (001-416-380-6578 outside of the U.S) or select 'call' or 'chat' in the My SSP app. The app looks a little different now, but you can watch a video tutorial here, or on the My SSP web page on the DePaul website.

In the app under ‘Quick Actions’ on the main page, select ‘call’ or ‘chat.’

To request scheduled sessions with a dedicated counselor, select ‘call’ and schedule phone or video sessions with a counselor.

For the chat option, you will have to indicate that you’ve read the chat descriptor, agree to terms of use and provide some personal details.

Individual services offered are considered to be brief. Counselors will provide a list of resources in the community for regularly scheduled, longer-term support. 

There is no cost to students for using the My SSP app or connecting with a counselor via phone, video or chat.

Counselors can help students address/resolve a variety of issues, including:

-Relationships
-School/academic succes skills
-Culture shock/issues
-Family and friends
-Lonliness
-Stress
-Addiction
-And more!

UCS offers a goal-focused, time-limited, and collaborative approach to mental health services in which students work collaboratively with their therapists to focus on goals that would be completed in a short-term during their academic career at DePaul. For long-term needs, students will be referred to providers in the community. In addition, students are referred out to community providers when student’s counseling needs are best met with higher level of care (partial program, inpatient treatment, etc.), more frequent meetings, or specialized services that UCS does not provide.

My SSP is a 24/7/365 service that students can access at any time. Contact them by dialing 1-866-743-7732 (001-416-380-6578 outside of the U.S.).

Other 24/7/365 resources include:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

Open 24/7/365

The Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Crisis Text Line

Text “HOME” to 741741

Open 24/7/365

Texters can chat with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem-solving. 


IMAlive Online Crisis Network 

Open 24/7/365www.imalive.orgIMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis.  Volunteers are trained and certified in crisis intervention 

Chicago Sexual Assault Hotline 

1-888-293-2080 in Chicago Metropolitan Area1-630-971-3927 in DuPage County 1-708-748-5672 in South Suburbs Open 24/7/365Provides survivors of sexual violence and their significant others immediate support, crisis intervention, and local referrals. The volunteers and staff at the hotline have received extensive training in sexual assault crisis intervention.

Domestic Violence Hotlines

Chicagoland area: 1-877-863-6338 (Multi-lingual advocates available)Everywhere else: 1-800-799-7233Open 24/7/365Highly-trained advocates are available to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

The Trevor Project

Phone: 1-866-488-7386Text: Text START to 678678Chat: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/Open 24/7/365The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Trans Lifeline 

1-877-565-8860Open 9am-3am CST Provides direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community.  The Hotline was, and still is, the only service in the country in which all operators are transgender. Because of the particularly vulnerable relationship transgender people have with police, it is also the only service in the country with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.

The National Runaway SafeLine 

1-800-786-2929Open 24/7/365Provides advice and assistance to runaways (or those who are considering running away), including resources, shelter, transportation, assistance in finding counseling, and transitioning back to home life. NRS frontline staff will also act as advocates and mediators if/as needed.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Family Support Hotline

1-855-435-7693Services available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Polish The purpose of the ICIRR Family Support Network (FSN) is to unify, build and coordinate a full range of support – legal, social services, ministry, law enforcement, and political action – for all families separated/impacted by the immigration system.

In a crisis situation when you are not able to keep yourself/someone or those around you/them safe, you need to go to or contact the nearest emergency room.

When calling 911, callers can request an ambulance for themselves or others experiencing a mental health crisis. The National Alliance of Mental Illness recommends: “Share all the information you can with your 911 operator. Tell the dispatcher that you or your loved one is having a mental health crisis and explain their mental health history and/or diagnosis. Request a trained Crisis Intervention Team-trained officer.”

If on campus, you can also contact public safety on Lincoln Park (1-773-325-7777) or Loop Campus (1-312-362-8400) for assistance.

Call 311 to request a welfare check if you are worried about someone or have not been able to reach them.

If the  person you are concerned about should be on campus, or you believe they are on campus, you can call Public Safety who can conduct a wellness check. Call 773-325-7777 in Lincoln Park or 312-362-8400 in the Loop.

Office Hours

The Lincoln Park office is currently operating virtually, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday


The Loop office is currently operating virtually, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursdays

We are open during term breaks, except for university holidays.

Locations

Lincoln Park Counseling Center

2250 N. Sheffield Avenue

Student Center, Suite 350

Chicago, IL 60614

Loop Counseling Center

25 E. Jackson Boulevard

Lewis Center, Suite 1465

Chicago, IL 60604

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

In case of an urgent or life-threatening emergency:

  • Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
  • If you are on campus, call Public Safety: (773) 325-7777 (Lincoln Park) or (312) 362-8400 (Loop).

Staff

Halimo Abdulkarim
Halimo Abdulkarim
  • Mental Health Clinician, Trauma Care Focus
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Maggie Brennan, Ph.D.
Maggie Brennan, Ph.D.
Rena Elyyan, LCSW
Rena Elyyan, LCSW
Anna Landmeier, LCSW, CADC
Anna Landmeier, LCSW, CADC
Judith Legorreta-Hernandez, LCPC
Judith Legorreta-Hernandez, LCPC
Anthony McGeath
Anthony McGeath
Victoria Smith, LMSW
Victoria Smith, LMSW
Natalyn Williams
Natalyn Williams
Tow Yee Yau, PhD
Tow Yee Yau, PhD
  • Director, University Counseling Services
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