MCHelp app offers quick help in a crisis

By Sarah Lalonde, Staff Writer

Professional counseling for McHenry County residents has never been faster or more accessible. The McHenry County Community Foundation launched a new app called MCHelp. Available through the App Store or Google Play, this free app allows users to connect with professional crisis counselors about any number of personal issues, including bullying, depression, alcohol and drug use, anxiety, and relationship problems.

MCHelp combines a number of different services. Users can speak to counselors on the Crisis Line for Text and Voice 24/7 about emergency situations or anxiety. This app connects to A Way Out, which is a program that focuses on drug and alcohol disorders. MCHelp also uses The Q.P.R.- Question. Persuade. Refer., a suicide prevention program. Through The 2-1-1 McHenry County Health & Human Resources via Text or Voice, people can get counseling on relationship, job, or housing issues. McHelp also gives users behavioral health support links through the McHenry County Mental Health Board Network.

Help is just a phone call or text away with MCHelp’s 24/7 counselors. Robin Doeden, who is the executive director of McHenry County Community Foundation, was quoted in the Patch saying: “We encourage everyone to download this app to your phone. Even if you never need it, you might be able to offer help to a friend or family member. It is a useful tool to have at your fingertips.”