It’s my birthday! Today I celebrate 36 years of life and purpose. I believe my greatest purpose in life is to help people! But, I know that it is not humanly possible to help everyone, especially as a professional counselor. Thus, I will accept that I "can change the world, one life at a time!”
Nevertheless, a long term goal I have is to develop a foundation that will assist unfunded and underfunded individuals to obtain access to the necessary treatment for their mental health, addiction, and/or adverse life experience needs. In the interim, I want to provide a list of thirty-six (36) free to low-cost support resources whether you’re dealing with an addiction, loss of a loved one, or a mental health crisis. Perhaps, you just need someone to talk with to ventilate your thoughts and feelings.
Many of the resources are peer recovery groups that meet on a weekly basis and accepts a donation or a one-time registration from the group attendees. Some are volunteer run warm and hotlines that will be a safe space to talk about your crisis. While others are websites to connect with a licensed professional at a low cost ($30 to $80) per session or with a monthly subscription.
I hope this helps you in your time of need!
If you’re in an immediate emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Crystal S. Zanders is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works in private practice in Suburban Chicago. Crystal obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Master of Arts in Counseling from Concordia University-Chicago in River Forest, IL. Crystal has over 8 years of experience providing counseling, advising, and coaching to individuals seeking to restore their lives. Crystal is actively involve in ministry. Crystal serves on the leadership team alongside her husband at Prayer City Church in Wheaton, IL. Additionally, Crystal is the co-founder of The Oasis Ministry, a women's ministry designed to encourage women in their growth in faith, purpose, and wholeness! Crystal’s favorite pastimes include: reading, writing, crocheting/knitting skills, and going to the movies. Her heart’s desire is to see individuals gain insight into their God-given identity and live a life of wholeness and purpose! Crystal loves to bring clarity and understanding through the truth of God’s Word and enjoys utilizing writing as a teaching modality.