Resources & Support After Hours and Ouside of  NIU

If you should find yourself or one of your friends feeling depressed and alone, friends and support are only a phone call away.  The LGBT Resource Center at NIU aims to create an inclusive campus community by providing support services, educational programs, and advocacy, but know assistance may be needed after hours or during university breaks.  The following is a selected list of resources that may provide help.  This list is not meant to take the place of calling emergency services in crisis situations.

Summer Break

In DeKalb:

The LGBT Resource Center hours are listed below.

Regular Hours:  Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except when the university is closed for holidays.

Special Summer Hours:  Most summers NIU operates on a four-day summer schedule during part of June, all of July, and part of August.  During this time, offices are open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and are closed on Friday.

You can contact us at 815-753-5428 or e-mail lgbt@niu.edu to ask for assistance.

The NIU Counseling & Student Development Center provides regular services through the school year, with the same four-day summer schedule in effect during part of June, all of July, and part of August.  During office hours, a CSDC staff member is available to assist with emergencies and/or crisis situations.  Contact Counselling and Student Development Center(CSDC) at 815-753-1206.  If you need to talk to someone after regular office hours, an on-call counselor is always available. Just call NIU University Police at 815-753-1212 for instructions on how to contact a counselor (the Police only serve as an answering service to relay messages; they do not get involved in the situation).

In the Chicago Area:

Center on Halsted LGBT Info Line offers resource counselors to provide information and assistance, as well as support, counseling, and crisis intervention. They can be reached between 10 am and 10 pm at 773-929-4357 (voice) every day.

Hotlines:

The Gay, Lesbian. Bisexual, Transgender National Hotline offers telephone and email peer counseling Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Central Time, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Time.
The toll-free number is 1-888-843-4564 and the email is glnh@GLBTNationalHellpCenter.org.

GLBT National Youth Talkline:  1-800-246-PRIDE (7743) or youth@GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org; toll free, Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Central Time.  Provides telephone and email peer-counseling. Telephone volunteers in their teens and early twenties speak with teens and young adults up to age 25 about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more!

The Trevor Helpline is a national 24-hour/7 day, toll-free suicide prevention hot line aimed at gay and questioning youth.  The Trevor Helpline is geared toward helping those in crisis, or those wanting information on how to help someone in crisis. Calls are handled by highly trained counselors and are free and confidential.  The number is 1-866-488-7386.  Their website, www.thetrevorproject.org, has helpful information about signs of suicide and how to help someone who is suicidal.

Developed by the Northern Illinois University, LGBT Resource Center
Holmes Student Center, 7th Floor, www.niu.edu/lgbt, lgbt@niu.edu, 815-753-LGBT