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Websites & Advocacy

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

Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH)

ADAMH helps Franklin County residents find the right places to turn for affordable, quality alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services by overseeing more than 40 community agencies. These community agencies have a sliding fee scale for services, meaning any Franklin County resident can receive needed services and be charged on the basis of income and circumstance. They have a list of support groups on their website as well.
447 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1057

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Their website has definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, resources, expert videos and an online search tool to find a local psychiatrist.
3615 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 966-7300

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children

The website contains information on a wide range of relevant teen issues, including safety, fitness, school issues, dating, substance abuse; emotional wellness, including helping children handle stress, psychiatric medications, grief. It also provides information about healthy living, family life, safety, developmental stages and more.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000

American Psychological Association (APA)

Offers information on managing stress, communicating with kids, making step families work, controlling anger, finding a psychologist and more.
750 First Street, Washington, DC 20002
(800) 374-2721 or (202) 336-6123 TTY

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Provides free online information so that children and adolescents benefit from the most up-to-date information about mental health treatment and can learn about important differences in mental health treatments. Parents can search online for local psychologists and psychiatrists for free.
305 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10001
(212) 647-1890

Half of Us

This website was created by MTV and is dedicated to mental health education and helping teens find the resources they need. They explore depression, bipolar, cutting, eating disorders and more. Hear famous people share their stories.
1140 Broadway, New York, New York 10001
Toll-free: (800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio

Their free classes help families coping with children and teens who have mental or emotional disorders. Common illnesses that are discussed include depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, panic disorder and more. Classes are free and offered at several different community sites. Call to register.
4500 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(800) 686-2646 or (614) 501-6264

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

They have a resource page for families, which has information on topics such as parenting, back to school, coping with stress, sleep disorders, being held back in school and more.
4340 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Toll-Free: (866) 331-NASP

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

This national family-run organization provides advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges.
9605 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850
(240) 403-1901

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Provides videos and articles about mental health topics in English and Spanish, including information about medications.
6001 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(866) 615-6464 or (866) 415-8051 TTY

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Information Library

Find age appropriate and medically reviewed health articles, breaking news, games, quizzes, health movies and much more for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS)

Provides statewide leadership in establishing addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services for all Ohioans. Call their toll-free hotline or go online to find a provider for alcohol and drug treatment services in your county.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Toll-free: (877) 275-6364 or (614) 466-2596

Ohio Department of Mental Health

Helps Ohioans have access to quality mental health services. Their website has helpful information about mental health problems, accreditation and licensure guidelines, and contact and service information for mental health providers by county.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 275-6364 or (888) 636-4889 TTY

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

Ohio Minds Matter (Ohio Psychotropic Medication Quality Improvement Collaborative)

This is a quality improvement initiative looking to increase timely access to safe and effective psychotropic medications, improve pediatric patient health outcomes and reduce potential medication-related issues. This website contains information for parents, providers and schools. There is a family toolkit to help you make good choices with your doctor about mental health care. Download resources for parents, physicians and educators to help understand mental conditions and medications commonly prescribed to treat those conditions.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHS) Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

SAMHS is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that works to advance the behavioral health and reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness. The service locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. The website also offers free apps, and parents resources on a wide range of topics for free.
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20852
National Helpline: (800) 662-4357 or (800) 487-4889 TTY

Teens Health

This website has a special section just for teens. They cover topics such as depression, relationships, staying safe, sexual health, studying for tests; coping with cliques, how to quit smoking, binge drinking, dealing with an alcoholic parent, marijuana use and more.

The Center for Family Safety & Healing

Fully addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.  They offer a continuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722- 8200