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A Service of LEAD

A 24/7 anonymous text crisis hotline offering emotional support for middle school and high school youth.  We offer the only text hotline in the country that is fully anonymous, and that is supported by teams of licensed mental health counselors.  Text-A-Tip is a service offered by LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs), located in the Chicago area.

How It Works

You will receive a community code that is unique to your community.  You will then simply text this code (and your message) to the number 274637.  If you’re not sure of your community code, just text the code 847HELP.  Within seconds, you will receive an automated response, and within minutes a live mental health counselor will respond to your text.  All messages are sent through a cloaking server located offsite that keeps the communication completely anonymous.

Who Should Use Text-A-Tip

The short answer is anyone!  Text-A-Tip is available for anyone in need of emotional support, at any time.  While the line is intended for crisis situations, you do not need to be in crisis to use the service.  We also encourage you to use Text-A-Tip if you have concerns about a friend or loved one and need support in getting them help.

Live Responses in Real Time!

After sending your text to 274-637, you will receive an automatic reply within seconds, then a reply from a live counselor within minutes.

Fully Anonymous Using an SMS Cloaking Server

All messages are cloaked before being received by our counseling team.  So, your anonymity is protected at all times.

Counselors are Fully Licensed by the State, and Local to Your Community

All of our mental health counselors are fully licensed and are local to your community.  This allows our team to help you through your crisis and to direct you to the resources you’ll need next.
Why Do People Use Text-A-Tip?
  • Depression/Anxiety 27%
  • Relationship Conflict 17%
  • Substance Abuse 12%
  • Self Harm / Suicide 10%
  • Pressure 10%
  • Bullying 8%
  • Other 19%

Population Served

Estimated Population Served by 2016



Every Community Needs Text-A-Tip

This innovative and unique service will help you to create a healthier community for your young people and adults.  And, we make it turn-key and affordable for you!

Bring this Service to Your Community! We Do All the Work for You!

About LEAD

Who Are We?  We are a drug prevention organization, and we believe that young people are capable of making good decisions.  Our programs and events are designed to help parents and teens build healthy relationships and find alternatives to using drugs and alcohol.  LEAD has conducted workshops on the power of social media in prevention work in communities all over the country and at national conferences such as CADCA.  We look forward to working with you!  It’s time for all of us to be part of the solution.

Contact Us:

LEAD 400 E. Illinois Rd. Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 295-9075