The only youth-focused mental health crisis text hotline in the country that is available 24/7, fully confidential, and staffed by licensed mental health counselors.
Help is only a text away.
How does TextForHelp.app differ from other help lines across the country? In a myriad of ways…
1. It’s Confidential
2. It is Attended by Fully Licensed Counselors
3. It Is Fast. Very Fast.
Who's it for?
TextForHelp.app is available for anyone in need of emotional support, at any time. While the line is intended for teens in crisis situations, you do not need to be in crisis or a teenager to use the service. We encourage you to use TextForHelp.app if you have concerns about a friend or loved one and need support in getting them help.
Our trained clinicians are licensed and prepared to support anyone who texts in. When in doubt, send the text.
How does it work?
You will receive a code that is unique to your community. Then simply text the code and your message to your local TextForHelp.app phone number.
If you’re not sure of your community code, just use ‘HELLO’. Within minutes, a live mental health counselor will respond to your text. All messages are sent using SMS number masking technology that keeps the communication and your identifying information completely confidential. We only know the information you choose to tell us, when you choose to share it.
1. Text us via SMS.
2. One of our licensed counselors will reply, ready to help and ready to talk.
3. Based on your needs and preferences, our counselor will direct you to further assistance.
Why do people use TextForHelp.app?
TextForHelp Opt-In/Opt-Out Policies
To opt-in to TextForHelp.app, all you need do is text us (preferably with the keyword from your school or community.) Once of our clinicians will message you in return within a few minutes.
To end the conversation and stop receiving messages from TextForHelp and its clinicians, simply text STOP at any time. Your chat will be ended and no further messages will be sent to you by our clinicians unless you choose to text START.
Bring TextForHelp.app to Your Community
Send us a quick message using the form below. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Get In Touch
Our programs and events are designed to help communities build healthy relationships and find alternatives to using drugs and alcohol. Let us help you. Just contact us to get started. It’s time for all of us to be part of the solution!
Local: (847) 250-0200
Toll Free: (833) 201-LEAD
Fax: (800) 310-1523
Or Come Visit Us
We’re located in beautiful Lake Forest, Illinois. Arrange a meeting via the Contact page and stop on by.
717 Forest Ave,
Lake Forest, IL 60045