Text-a-Tip allows teens to find anonymous, immediate help if they are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, depression, difficult family situations, bullying, or any of the many challenges they face today. The service is available 24/7, is completely anonymous, and is staffed with local counselors to support teenagers (and others) who have a concern or crisis.
How It Works: Anyone who texts “BRONCOHELP” and a brief message to 274637, will receive an immediate text response from a trained, professional counselor. Counselors are provided by LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs), a non-profit organization focused on promoting healthy family relationships and preventing alcohol and drug use. The response team consists of licensed/certified mental health professionals from Barrington Behavioral Health and Wellness in Barrington.
Thanks to a system that routes incoming calls through a cloaking server, texters are completely anonymous, allowing teens freedom to reach out for help without fear.
Who Should Use Text-A-Tip? Text-A-Tip is available for communication of any kind of concern, though it is primarily intended for youth to use when they need immediate mental health assistance or have a drug/alcohol abuse concern for themselves or a friend during non-school hours.