Mental Health Care in Chicagoland | Ascension
Ascension Illinois provides a 24/7 call center and fully staffed ERs ready to deliver care for mental health concerns.

Personalized care for behavioral and mental health

Ascension Illinois is a leader in the delivery of 24/7 care for behavioral and mental health, and addiction disorders.
Doctors and social services: Call Ascension Illinois Behavioral Medicine Call Center, 855-383-2224, to refer a patient to our addiction medicine specialists and substance use treatment programs, or use this form.

If you or your child feels depressed, has overwhelming anxiety, or struggles with substance use or addiction, mental health professionals at Ascension Illinois are here to help. Reaching out for help is an important step that takes courage when you or a loved one is struggling. With doctors and mental health specialists and more than 20 sites of care throughout the Chicagoland area, advanced behavioral and mental health care is close to home.

Call the Ascension Illinois Behavioral Medicine Call Center to get help or to schedule an appointment. Call day or night, (toll-free) 855-383-2224.

During the call, you’ll talk to an experienced care team member who listens to understand your health concerns. You or your loved one will also receive a mental health assessment over the phone to help connect you to a specialist or licensed counselor. At Ascension Illinois, our psychiatrists and psychologists are part of a national team of mental health professionals, sharing best practices and research. As your health needs change, we're ready to support you and connect you with behavioral and mental health services close to home.

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Personalized mental health care when you need it most

Your care starts with a conversation. Ascension Illinois care teams respect your preferences and listen to you. We work with you on a care plan personalized for you. And you will receive supportive, personalized care in a compassionate and judgment-free environment to help you feel as comfortable as possible.

Ascension Illinois is a leading provider of mental health services. Our doctors are specialists, diagnosing and treating many behavioral and mental health conditions, including:

  • Anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Behavioral disorders, including eating disorders
  • Mood disorders, including depression
  • Pediatric behavioral and mental health conditions
  • Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia
  • Relationship stress and personality disorders
  • Substance use and addiction disorders

In the greater Chicago metropolitan area and Joliet, you’ll find one dedicated mental health specialty hospitals, 17 behavioral, addiction and mental health clinics; and 10 Ascension Illinois hospitals and ERs.


Benefits of the Ascension Illinois approach to behavioral and mental health care

Your primary care doctor cares for the whole you, including your physical and emotional health. If you have been diagnosed with a behavioral or mental health condition, or if you need more advanced or specialized care, your doctor can connect you to a specialist and services that are right for you. Our experienced mental health professionals diagnose, care for and treat even the most complex psychiatric conditions, addictions and behavioral health conditions in children and adults.

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Committed to behavioral and mental health care

Doctors and care teams at Ascension Illinois hospitals, mental health centers, behavioral health clinics, addiction treatment centers and residential programs focus on caring for the whole you – offering hope, treatment and recovery care options for depression and other mental illnesses.

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Eating disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) treatment programs

Your doctor and care team help you understand what’s causing your anxiety or disordered eating. And your doctor works with you to help improve your physical and emotional health.

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Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy for veterans and others with PTSD

Therapists specialize in safely using ERP virtual reality programs to help individuals with PTSD overcome anxieties and fears, and reduce symptoms such as insomnia and flashbacks.

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Long-standing commitment to community-based mental health

For more than 50 years, doctors and care teams at Ascension Illinois have been committed to improving access to behavioral and mental health services and housing programs throughout the Chicagoland area. That’s why we established a 24/7 (toll-free) Ascension Illinois Call Center, 855-383-2224. (Adults can call to get a mental health screening at no charge. Doctors and social services – use this form to make a referral.)

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Managing stress during the transition to parenthood

Your OB-GYN care team works with your mental health care team to provide personalized care for anxiety or depression during pregnancy or after (also called perinatal mood and anxiety disorder). Your care team helps support you with coping skills and helps improve your bond with your baby. Treatment options include therapies that can help address your anxiety or depression, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, neuromodulation therapy and expressive therapies. You will also be connected to nutrition education, stress management techniques and parenting support groups.

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Older adult behavioral health program

At Ascension Illinois, our behavioral health services and facilities are designed specifically to help older adults enjoy life as they age. We're here to help your parent or loved one manage depression, anxiety, physical and emotional adjustments, substance abuse, nutrition needs and more. 

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Specialists in crisis management and mental health emergencies

It’s OK to reach out for help to prevent self-harm or danger to others. Our goal is to help prevent and treat self-injury (such as attempted suicide) by delivering advanced care for one’s physical and mental health needs. We also provide care and support to caregivers of a person in crisis, to help all involved manage the stress in the relationship.

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Treatment programs for substance use and addiction

Ascension Illinois Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital and Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Center is licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Board-certified addiction medicine doctors and care teams deliver advanced care in a judgment-free environment. Your care team focuses on abstinence, education and relapse prevention tools to help you improve your overall health and well-being.

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Virtual care appointments

Ask about virtual visits as part of your ongoing care. Our doctors and behavioral therapists offer virtual visits so that you can see a doctor or therapist from a location that’s convenient for you.

Know what to do in a mental health emergency

Quickly recognizing the signs that you or a loved one is experiencing moderate to severe mental or emotional distress is the first step in getting necessary care. For emergencies, including severe mental health distress and suspected substance overdose, ERs at our hospitals are open 24/7.


If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or dial 911.

Frequently asked questions about Ascension Illinois mental health care

  • Where are the Ascension Illinois mental health and addiction services in Chicagoland?

    Our psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed counselors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of many mental illnesses, addictions, behavior problems and substance use disorders in children, adolescents and adults. We have more than 20 behavioral and mental health locations in the Chicagoland area.


    All Ascension Illinois hospitals and ERs, and our two mental health specialty care hospitals, deliver care for mental health emergencies. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or dial 911.

    Translation services are also available at all Ascension Illinois hospitals and clinics. Ascension Illinois Center for Mental Health Melrose Park Casa Esperanza is a mental health clinic with services provided by Spanish-speaking doctors and care teams.

  • What type of conditions do your specialists treat?

    Doctors, licensed counselors and addiction specialists at Ascension Illinois sites of care have the expertise to diagnose and treat many mental illnesses, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, panic attacks, phobias, PTSD and more.

    Our addiction specialists offer dedicated treatment programs for many conditions, including:

    • Addictive personality
    • Alcohol use disorder
    • Chemical dependency, a substance use disorder
    • Co-occurring disorders, such as having substance use disorder and mental illness
    • Food addiction
    • Gambling addiction
    • Internet addiction
    • Pornography addiction
    • Sex addiction
    • Shopping addiction
    • Tobacco use disorder
    • Vaping addiction
    • Video game addiction

    Pediatric specialists and behavioral therapists offer comprehensive care to treat developmental behaviors that may be affecting your or your child’s quality of life, including:

    • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
    • Autism spectrum
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • What type of treatments are available at your mental health specialty hospitals?

    Start by calling our 24/7 call center, toll-free, at 855-383-2224. Our mental health professionals provide a mental health assessment at no cost to you at Ascension Illinois Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates and Ascension Illinois Mercy Hospital in Aurora, Illinois.

    Our mental health services at Ascension Illinois sites of care provide a variety of treatment programs, including:

    • Anger management counseling
    • Anxiety and OCD treatment
    • Eating disorder treatment – partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care
    • Medication management
    • Perinatal mood disorders intensive outpatient program

    As part of your care plan, your care team can help connect you with services that support your mental health needs. For adults entering nursing home care, our care teams can also provide pre-admission screening for depression and other emotional health concerns.

  • Are virtual visits available?

    Virtual visits may be an option for some appointments and part of your ongoing care. Our doctors and behavioral therapists offer virtual visits so that you can see a doctor or therapist from a location that’s convenient for you. Call the Ascension Illinois Behavioral Medicine Call Center to get help or to schedule an appointment. Call 24/7, 855-383-2224.

  • How to refer a patient to a mental health professional?

    Your patients can expect compassionate, personalized care from the moment our specialists connect with them. Our mental health professionals start by listening to fully understand their needs and develop an individualized care plan. To refer a patient, use this referral form or call our 24/7 Ascension Illinois Behavioral Medicine Call Center, 855-383-2224.