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As our communities continue to stay at home, people are finding themselves in situations they never dreamed they'd be facing. Most of us have prepared for the life we had in January and February, with a job, kids in school, family and friends to visit and play with, and a predictable future. Now, we are trying to maintain a level of activity that is productive but safe, while facing an unpredictable future. Many have lost jobs, lost loved ones, or lost opportunities.

The psychological impact of this unprecedented time is already being seen.
Counselors around the world are seeing a rise in anxiety, trauma, depression, grief, and addiction.


To help you through this difficult time, Samaritan counselor Rachel Menge, LCSW, created this calendar of daily coping skills. Feel free to share it with anyone you think might benefit from the exercises.

YOU CAN HELP YOURSELF AND OTHERS • Keep yourself calm and centered. Maintain a daily practice of being in the moment, breathing, and body-aware. The Mindfulness May calendar will help.

• Check in on those you care about. Sharing a phone conversation or FaceTime/Skype/video call with friends and family helps stay connected.

• Spend time in nature. Studies show that nature is healing and restorative. Spring blooms are everywhere, so wear your mask (helpful for allergies, too!) and get outside.

• Make a donation to nonprofits who are still working hard to help. Samaritan counselors are telehealth certified, and doing most of their appointments through video therapy. Many who need help have lost insurance, or are unable to pay the deductible. Your donations allow us to help everyone who needs it, and never turn anyone away who cannot pay.


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We all experience difficult times when despair, anxiety, trauma, or when loss and change feels overwhelming. You’re not alone, and there are ways to get through the pain.


Our clinicians meet you wherever you are on life’s journey. It’s a safe place to help clarify life’s complicated problems and gain new skills in addressing the issues.


Sometimes the connections between mind, body, and spirit feel broken. Our clinicians will help integrate all aspects of your life until you feel whole and at ease.

“We are very happy with our experienced therapist. She is wonderful at handling therapy sessions and giving advice. She has made a true difference in our lives.” J.B. ~ Lake in the Hills

“My counselor was wonderful in helping provide me the tools I needed for my situation. She’s a very caring individual and gives great analogies that I could easily relate to.” Anonymous ~ McHenry

“My counselor is a wonderful person! I can’t say enough about her! I’m so much better now!” Mike ~ Cary

“I like the website. It helped me see who to call. My psychologist was really great in helping me ‘do the work’ to get through my anxiety.” C.G. ~ Algonquin

“My therapist is a great listener to the concerns of our child. The follow-up and communication with us has been excellent.” P.F. ~ Fox River Grove

“We have a wonderful therapist, she’s always there and available if something comes up. She’s a person who cares for us. I’m so blessed to have her in our lives!” Melissa ~ Barrington

“My counselor understood what I was experiencing and listened well and knew how to direct me. She is very kind and if I need to return for help, I would want to work with her again.” L.J. ~ Crystal Lake

“Our therapist was very caring and trusted to my daughter. We are both grateful for all the help we received.” A.M. ~ Barrington

“Our counselor helped our family situation greatly. Thank you!” S.T. ~ Barrington

“My psychologist gave me good guidance for how to handle tough situations. She was great and I would definitely see her again if the need arose.” Anonymous ~ Lake Zurich

“Our therapist had very good communication and follow-up. Overall, we are very pleased and thankful that counseling has been able to help us with our needs. We got concrete ways to help us work on things, and she was very understanding.” Anonymous ~ Crystal Lake

“I don’t know how I could have worked through my depression without my psychologist. She was helpful in hearing and discerning what my needs were and how to get me through the dark parts.” P.M. ~ Barrington

“Honestly feel like a changed person as a result of seeing my counselor. I am much more award of myself and how to get through various things.” Anonymous ~ Lake Barrington