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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-CARE or (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-TALK or (800) 273-8255

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Click to search for meetings in your area.
Al-Anon and Alateen groups are also available for friends and families of problem drinkers.
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) 870-3795
www.aacentralohio.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 (for example, mens groups, women groups, lesbian and gay groups)
Cost: free for anyone
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by an organization
1313 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
24-Hour HelpLine: (800) 587-4232 or (614) 252-1700
www.nacentralohio.org

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

This national organization has a local chapter that offers support and guidance to children and adults with ADHD.
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
1860 Walden Drive, Columbus, Ohio  43229
(614) 528-4141
www.chadd.org

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, 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
www.columbus-area.com

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Program: support group for adults with depression and bipolar disorder that meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month
Eligibility: males and females, age 18 and older
Cost: free
Referral: no referral needed
2525 Bethel Road Columbus, Ohio 43220
Toll-free: (800) 826-3632 or (614) 296-9312
www.dbsalliance.org

Directions for Youth & Families (DFYF)

Helps children with behavior problems, violence, aggressive behavior, juvenile crime, low self-esteem and anger issues.
Program / Eligibility: Behavioral Healthcare & Counseling: in-home and office-based individual and family counseling, group counseling, psychiatry, counseling for non-violent juvenile offenders, counseling for children who witness violence, substance abuse counseling, counseling for victims of sexual abuse and parenting programs
Anger Management Options (AMO): individual and family counseling for children ages 7 to 18 with anger management issues
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
1515 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
1414 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 294-2661
www.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 Prima Vista Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34983
(772) 878-9657
www.foodaddictsanonymous.org

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. Click here to access their online directory of mental health and recovery 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
http://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
2238 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio  43232
(614) 751-0042
www.mopsohio.com

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
www.nar-anon.org

Ohio Federation for Children’s Mental Health

Provides support, advocacy and education to families and agencies and empowers families to use their strengths.  Support groups are available throughout the state for various ages and stages of development.
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-2700
http://www.ohiofederation.org/

Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

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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, Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87144
(505) 891-2664
www.oa.org

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

The Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN)

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 60654
(312) 642-0049 or (800) 273-8255 (24-hour Crisis Helpline)
www.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.
East:   1221 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
West:  1114/1116 West Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 453-4830
Warmline:  (614) 358-TALK (8255)
http://thepeercenter.org