If you are seeking inpatient or outpatient mental health care, please visit the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System website or call 312-996-2200. If you are in crisis, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
NAMS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health and quality of life for all women during midlife and beyond. There are many resources on their website that provide expert and unbiased information about women’s health in menopause and beyond.
- The Menopause Guidebook provides up-to-date and comprehensive information for women to make healthy and informed decisions about their healthcare.
- Expert Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Menopause from experts in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, and complementary/alternative medicine.
Healthywomen is a nonprofit organization that has provided independent health information for women for over 20 years. The website provides information on menopause, as well as resources on aging well and sex and intimacy in midlife and beyond.
Additional videos featuring Dr. Pauline Maki discussing various topics related to menopause:
- Aging and memory loss by North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
- Hormones and memory by Being Patient
- Estrogen, memory, and cognition by Dr. Mache Seibel
- Hormone therapy and cognition by North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
- Cognition and mood by North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
- Mood and menopause by North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
Why Are Women at Greater Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease? – featuring an interview with Pauline Maki, PhD
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. They have extensive educational resources and links to the most up-to-date research.
Women’s Brain Health Initiative
The WBHI creates education programs and funds research to combat brain diseases that overwhelmingly impact women.
Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center
The National Institute on Aging’s site offers information and publications for families, caregivers, and professionals on diagnosis, treatment, and available research studies.
TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network):
A community-based organization providing comprehensive health and wellness programs while emphasizing empowerment, inclusiveness and respect. The website features a Directory to HIV services in Chicago and an online version of their journal Positively Aware.
Chicago House provides evidence-based, sex-positive, community- and client-centered HIV prevention, testing, linkage-to-care and PrEP awareness and navigation services.
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago
The AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS:
The Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS)
Information on the largest ongoing prospective cohort study of HIV among women in the U.S.
The Body Pro: The HIV Resource for Health Professionals
An online resource aimed to educate and update health care professionals on issues of HIV/AIDS epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, policy, prevention, treatment and patient care; and enhance the ability of health care professionals to provide complete and effective clinical, economic, psychological and social assistance to their HIV-infected patients or clients, and to improve their patients'/clients' quality of life.
American Psychiatric Association: HIV Psychiatry
Clinical experience and research provide substantial evidence that HIV directly infects the brain soon after initial infection, which can result in organic disease expression such as central nervous system impairment, dementia, pain, and mood disorders. In response to these challenges, the APA established the Office of HIV Psychiatry, which is committed to ensuring quality mental health care for persons living with AIDS and HIV disease through the education and training of psychiatrists and other clinicians.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline for Women Experiencing Perinatal Depression:
A statewide 24-Hour Crisis Hotline is available for women experiencing perinatal depression. The 24-Hour Crisis Hotline is operated by the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Perinatal Depression Program and provides crisis counseling and referral to local mental health services.
Moms’ Mental Health Matters
Created by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, this site provides education about risk factors for perinatal depressions, the signs that something is wrong, and how to take action and help.
Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois
The PPD Alliance is a volunteer-run group that provides information and support to women who are pregnant or postpartum and struggling with feelings of anxiety or depression. Women can find Mom-to-Mom support (via email or telephone), as well as ongoing Emotional Wellness workshops
Illinois Resource Guide for Postpartum Support
A resource of Postpartum Support International, this page offers information and links to Illinois Support Coordinators, emergency resources and support groups.
Postpartum Depression: Signs and Resources for Help
This resource provides insights into the symptoms of postpartum depression and how to support a loved one with PPD. Also included in the resource are insights on how to find providers and community groups that offer free resources. Readers can also learn what to do in crisis situations to ensure that important preventative measures are taken when needed.
FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS:
1-866-986-2778 or DocAssistpsych [dot] uic [dot] edu
A program of UIC, DocAssist provides perinatal mental health support to primary care clinicians in Illinois, warmline consultation, referrals to perinatal mental health services and support for your patients, and medication charts for the latest clinical recommendations for psychopharmacology with pregnant and lactating women.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-888-628-9454 (ayuda en español)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
An online network that uses instant messaging to connect people in crisis with trained volunteers.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Hotline: 1-800-826-3632
Provides education, wellness options, peer support and resources for people who have mood disorders.
Mental Health America Hotline: 1-800-969-6642
For a referral to a specific mental health service or support program in your community.
National Institute of Mental Health
The lead federal agency for research on mental disorders provides education on numerous mental disorders that impact women, as well as information on getting help for mental illness.
Office on Women’s Health
The OWH is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and works to improve the health and sense of well-being of all U.S. girls and women. They provide in-depth resources on women’s mental health topics and information on a person’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health:
Located in Chicago, this center provides links and resources for women seeking help leaving an abusive relationship or finding mental health or substance use treatment services.
- Chicago and Illinois Domestic Violence Agencies and Organizations
- Chicago and Illinois Mental Health Agencies and Organizations
If you are a participant in a research study at UIC and have questions about your rights, or would like to discuss questions or concerns, please call the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) at 312-996-1711 or email OPRS at uicirbuic [dot] edu.