SCARF offers families and communities access to tangible support. We make sure you're aware of important public services; oversee an impactful suite of volunteer-run community programs, and make sure you know where to turn for help.
Our Help Line
The Task Force helpline is overseen and operated by a team of certified students and volunteers.
By the community and for the community, the helpline's staff is thoughtful and compassionate, and offers particular expertise in matters relating to COVID-19, immigration, prescriptions, and international student healthcare.
Helpline: Call 4 Calm
The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.
How it Works
Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to the number:
For Spanish, you can text “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0.
Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.
Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0, with keywords such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services.
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Get involved with the mission and work of S.C.A.R.F.
Play a role in improving community health, and help us connect patients and families to impactful resources and educational programming.