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Support Groups

Attention, If you are in crisis and need immediate help:

  • Franklin County youth up to age 17, call Nationwide Children’s Crisis Line (614) 722-1800
  • Franklin County adults ages 18 and over, call Netcare Access (614) 276-2273
  • Call 9-1-1
  • Visit the emergency room
  • Call the Columbus Suicide Hotline (614) 294-3300 or (614) 221-5445
  • Call the toll-free National Suicide Hotline (800) 273-8255

Central Ohio Al-Anon & Alateen Family Groups (AFG)

Each AFG works to help families of alcoholics. The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. The Central Ohio area includes Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union Counties.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio, 43085
(614) 547-1550
coafg.org
AFG of Ohio: ohioal-anon.org

Central Ohio Area Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Program: support groups throughout central Ohio for clean addicts and active users
Eligibility: males and females, no age or education requirements, some groups are specialized (meeting definitions are provided on the website)
Cost: free for anyone
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by an organization
1313 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-1700
24-Hour Helpline: (800) 587-4232
nacentralohio.org

Central Ohio Group Fellowship (COGF) & Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

COGF’s primary purpose is to assist AA groups in Central and Southeastern Ohio in carrying the Alcoholics Anonymous message to those who still suffer from alcoholism.
Program: support group to help alcoholics achieve sobriety and stop drinking
Eligibility: males and females, teens and adults, no age or education requirements
Cost: free for anyone
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by an organization
651 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 253-8501 or (800) 242-1729
cogf.meetingfor.me

Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder / Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) of Columbus

This national organization has a local chapter that offers support and guidance to children and adults with ADHD. Find contact information on their website.
Program: support groups and educational events
Eligibility: males and females, teens and adults, no age or education requirements
Cost: some events are free and others require a small membership fee
Referral: no referral needed
9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
columbuschadd.weebly.com

Children’s Treehouse Foundation

Focuses on the well-being of children with parents that have been diagnosed with cancer. They provide emotional support, enhance communication skills, teach coping strategies, and provide the proper tools for children and families to stay strong and stay together through the new environment.
7500 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80226
(303) 322-1202
childrenstreehousefdn.org

Columbus Area Integrated Health Services

Program: intensive outpatient individual and group substance abuse counseling for adults, youth prevention programs, adult employment readiness programs, primary care, behavioral health and wellness programs, re-entry support
Eligibility: males and females, age 18 and older
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income), no private insurance
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else
1515 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0711
columbus-area.com

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Provides support and education to improve the lives of people who have depression and bipolar disorder. Find local chapters and support groups on their website.
55 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604
Toll-free: (800) 826-3632
dbsalliance.org

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Help youth and their families address and overcome a range of issues including: school concerns, juvenile crime, violence, mental health issues, child abuse/neglect, family conflict, sexual abuse and substance abuse.
Program: licensed social workers and counselors provide counseling, community support, and clinical services that are resiliency-oriented/trauma-informed
Eligibility
: male and female, ages vary per program
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral:
individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else for the counseling programs, for psychiatric services they need to be referred through a Directions for Youth counselor

  • Main Office: 1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-2661
  • East Office: 3616 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
    (614) 251-0103
  • Ohio Avenue Youth Center: 657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 258-8043
  • The Crittenton Center: 3840 Kimberly Parkway North, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 694-0203
  • Delaware Office: 39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 990-0254

Intake: (614) 294-2661
dfyf.org

Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center (ARC) Ohio)

Provides low-income housing, rental subsidies and financial assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS.  In addition, they offer free anonymous HIV/AIDS testing and free testing for other STDs (syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia), behavior health, dentistry, legal services; medical, pharmacy, and HIV/STI prevention programs and services.
4400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 299-2437
equitashealth.com

Food Addicts Anonymous

Click to search for free meetings in your area.
Program: free face-to-face, online and telephone support groups
Eligibility: males and females, all ages
Cost: free
Referral: individuals may refer themselves
529 Northwest Prima Vista Boulevard, Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34983
(772) 878-9657
foodaddictsanonymous.org/face-face-person-meetings

Mental Health America (MHA) of Franklin County

Their free, confidential Ombudsman Program for residents of Franklin County offers a caring, knowledgeable mental health professional who helps individuals and their family members resolve problems related to mental health services. They listen to concerns or complaints and can help parents and families find needed community resources. Their website also has a lot of other information.

2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Mental Health America: (614) 221-1441
Ombudsman Program: (614) 242-4357
mhafc.org

Mid-Ohio Psychological Services (MOPS)

Program: Provides a broad range of mental health services to children, adolescents and families. Individual, group and family therapy is offered and also their Therapeutic Mentor Program; which helps to enhance skills learned in therapy. Other services address adjustments disorders, grief and loss, disruptive behaviors and mood disorders. They also specialize in blended families, sexual abuse, domestic violence, anger management and ADHD.
Elibility: children, adolescents and families in Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Delaware and Ross counties
Cost: Ohio Medicaid is accepted and other health insurances will cover. Contact directly for more specific information on services and payment options.
Referral: no referral needed

  • Franklin County: 2238 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 751-0042
  • Fairfield County: 624 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 687-0042
  • Licking County: 68 West Church Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 281-1777
  • Delaware County: 236 West Central Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 417-9265
  • Ross County: 114 Renick Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740) 851-4461

mopsohio.com

Mount Carmel Crime & Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP)

Helps children and teen victims of crime and trauma, including survivors of childhood sexual abuse and other forms of trauma (such as natural disaster, car accidents, serious medical treatment or domestic violence). They provide free counseling and healing in both group and individual settings and offers free bus passes to clients.
Program: office-based individual and group counseling for children and teens who have been victims of crime or trauma, free support groups, including a free parent/kid group for children who have been victims of violence
Eligibility: males and females, ages 3 and up who have experienced a traumatic event
Cost: free
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
777 West State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 234-5900
mountcarmelhealth.com/ctap-services

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Program: weekly support groups throughout central Ohio for family members and friends who know or have known a feeling of desperation due to the addiction problem of someone close to them
Eligibility: males and females, no age or education requirements
Cost: free for anyone
Referral: no referral needed
Columbus meetings held at Meadow Park Church of God
2425 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(800) 477-6291
nar-anon.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Franklin County

Provides support, advocacy and education to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families. All support groups and educational classes are available free of charge throughout Franklin County for various ages and stages of development. NAMI Franklin County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a police-based pre-arrest jail diversion program. Franklin County residents may call 9-1-1 and request a police officer who has received specialized training in mental health and substance abuse issues (a CIT officer).
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 501-6264
namifranklincounty.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio

Provides support, advocacy and education to improve the quality of life and ensure dignity and respect for people with mental illness, and offer support to their families and close friends. Support groups and educational classes are available free of charge throughout Ohio for various ages and stages of development.
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-2700 or Toll Free (800) 686-2646
namiohio.org

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Program: NYAP offers an array of therapeutic and family foster care services, community-based behavioral health services and home based services, respite care, case management, adoption, emergency shelter care, substance abuse counseling, services for sexually reactive children and youth and for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and parent services
Eligibility: males and females, ages 5 to 21
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral:individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else

  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444 or (866) 438-6508
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 252-6927 or (800) 256-5001
  • 15 North Third Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511 or (800) 553-9701
  • 431 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9420

Toll Free (877) 692-7226
nyap.org

Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

Check the website to search for free meetings in your area.
Program: free face-to-face, online and telephone support groups
Eligibility: males and females, anyone under the legal age should be accompanied by an adult
Cost: free
Referral: individuals may refer themselves
6075 Zenith Court Northeast, Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87144
(505) 891-2664
oa.org/find-a-meeting

Survivors of Suicide

Program: free support group meets once a month
Eligibility: males and females, all ages
Cost: free
Referral: no referral necessary
192 South Princeton Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 279-9382
suicide.org

Syntero

Program: outpatient mental health, alcohol and substance abuse disorder and prevention services, psychiatric services, integrated health care, individual and family counseling, prevention services for children, teens, and young adults, crisis response services, support and therapy groups, trauma treatment
Eligibility: males and females, age 4 and older, but varies depending on the program
Cost: Medicaid, private insurance, self-pay, sliding fee scale for uninsured Franklin County residents
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization

  • 99 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    (614) 889-5722
  • 3645 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 457-7876
  • 3433 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 600-2708

Intake: (614) 889-5722, ext. 133
syntero.org

The Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN)

BMPN is a program of the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) that offers online help and information for parents raising children and teens affected by depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. Parents can search for psychologists, treatment centers, legal services, support groups and summer camps. They can also participate in online support groups and email questions to the “family response team.”
55 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604
(800) 826-3632
24-hour Crisis Helpline: (800) 273-8255 or Text “DBSA” to 741-741
dbsalliance.org

The PEER Center

The Peers Enriching Each Others’ Recovery Center (P.E.E.R.) is a drop-in wellness and recovery center that offers one-on-one and group peer support with daily recreational activities for mental health, trauma and substance abuse. No appointment needed. They also have a “Warmline” to call for non-crisis support.

  • 750 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 453-4830
  • 860/866 West Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43222
    (614) 453-4840

Warmline: (614) 358-8255
thepeercenter.org