August 8, 2022
The Living Room is excited to welcome our new Engagement Specialist, Catherine McLaughlin!
Immediate walk-in crisis support in a calm, comfortable environment. Services are free and confidential. No appointment necessary.
Coaching, help to navigate systems of care, teach coping skills, engage in the recovery process, assistance removing barriers to recovery, and help living a fulfilled life.
Community resources, counseling, etc.
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All services are free of charge. We only serve individuals that are at least 18 years of age.
We are located at the Call For Help main office:
9400 Lebanon Road
East St. Louis, IL 62203
Easy access from #1 bus
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(618) 397-0968 extension 109
Visit the Living Room in-person or online.
You can talk to someone immediately.
No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for services. Just come to The Living Room or visit virtually.
Someone will meet you to discuss your situation. This trained engagement specialist will tailor the session to your individual needs.
We will connect you with any community resources that you need, including referrals to our community counseling program.
Our Engagement Specialists have personal experience with mental illness and substance abuse. This puts them in a unique position to assist those beginning or continuing their recovery.
We've been where you are before and are living proof that people can and do recover.
I have worked at Call for Help for almost 4 years, using my past experiences with mental health to support others. I am passionate about helping people achieve sobriety from drugs and alcohol, and become productive members of society.
I am trained as a WRAP facilitator, lead NA and AA meetings, am working on becoming a state-licensed Recovery Support Specialist, and have a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology with a minor in Psychology.
My style is to get to know each client and share my personal experiences with them. I have "walked through it."
An interesting fact about me: I carried the 1984 Olympic Torch in Los Angeles. I also am an animal lover -- I have a dog, Bentley, and 2 cats, Samson and Delilah.
I have been working and volunteering for Call For Help for the past 6 years, using my past experiences with mental health to support others and help them find themselves. I believe "Difficult Roads often leads to Beautiful destinations."
I am a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator and have been a Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) facilitator for over a decade. I have training in Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, Emotional CPR (eCPR), First Responder-Autism, and I am working on becoming a State-Licensed Recovery Support Specialist. I have 2 years of college in the medical field and am a Licensed Cosmetologist/Nail Tech.
My style is to listen, give hope to individuals, provide tools and resources, and provide support in a non-judgmental environment.
An interesting fact about me is I play on an all-women billiards league and a coed billiards league. I love all music/live bands and working out. I have a pet parakeet named Razzberry.
"Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit."
I began my current position in The Living Room as an Engagement Specialist in August 2022, after volunteering at Call For Help for nearly a year. I obtained my CRSS and CPRS credentials through the CRSS Success program at SIUE.
My lived experience of recovery in mental health and alcohol use drive my mission to bring hope and empowerment to others. It is my commitment to serve all individuals with compassion and dignity and to advocate for the right to live a self-directed life.
I love to focus my support role on wellness, and I put those principles into action in my own life. I practice self-care and mindfulness daily, and I am excited for the opportunity to share many options to help individuals develop their own path to wellness and recovery.
My favorite hobbies are roller skating, working out, crochet, cooking, gardening, and of course spending time with my family. I love classic rock and hope to one day learn to play the guitar.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741-741
Veterans Crisis Chat
Trevor Project (for LGBTQ Youth)
1-866-488-7386; text START to 678-678
LGBT National Senior Hotline