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

Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS)

Non-profit behavioral healthcare agency providing alcohol and drug treatment, licensed counseling, domestic violence education and intervention programs, and support services for families affected by addiction. They also offer a summer camp, UCANN Serve and UCANN Lead programs for ages 11-17 to experience mentorship and civic engagement, Urban GEMS science and gardening after-school program for ages 12-19, and awards two scholarships per year for youth ages 17-22 pursuing higher education. The organization was founded by and centers the African community but serves all regardless of race, gender, disability, or economic status.
1409 East Livingstone Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-4448
apdsinc.org

Center for Family Safety & Healing

Supports individuals and families experiencing violence, including; child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. Services include:

  • Counseling Services: for adults, children, and families.
    Adult Counseling Services:  (614) 722-8293
    Child & Family Counseling: Intake – (614) 722-8212, Questions/Concerns – (614) 722-8210
  • Child Assessment Center: provides comprehensive evaluation, medical treatment, and community resources for children who have experience abuse.
    (614) 722-3278
  • Fostering Connections: specialized clinic and care coordination for youth in foster care.
    (614) 722-6789
  • Maternal-Infant Home Visitation: programs for caregivers who are pregnant or parenting a newborn.
    (614) 722-8222

655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
General: (614) 722-8200
familysafetyandhealing.org

Child Mind Institute

Provides practical tips, useful information and insights on mental health and learning disorders. They offer a Symptom Checker that analyzes your answers to give you a list of psychiatric or learning disorders that are associated with those symptoms. Note that this tool cannot diagnose your child, but it can help you inform yourself about possible diagnoses and will offer information to help you learn about them and facilitate a conversation with a professional. This website is also available in Spanish.
childmind.org

Columbus CARE Coalition

Connects people to support services related to therapy, group support and ways to cope with trauma. They offer Trauma Informed Care training and have a Trauma Resource Guide. Meetings occur once a month and are open to all. Contact for meeting times and locations.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6248
columbus.gov/CARE

Columbus Womens Wellness

Specializes in women’s care but serves individuals of any gender 12+
Mental health services provider, specializing in teens and women. They accept some insurances but do not accept Medicaid. Their PMDD program offers education, management tools, and group therapy for teens and women struggling with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. They also offer trainings and internships for professionals.
Program: individual and couples counseling, group support and therapy, telehealth services, consultation
Eligibility: ages 12 and older (any gender but specializing in women’s services)
Cost: accept some insurances but no Medicaid
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
Gahanna: 4625 Morse Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Powell: 1460 Manning Parkway, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 383-8381
columbuswomenswellness.com

DWAVE (Deaf World Against Violence Everywhere)

Serves Ohio’s Deaf, Deaf Blind, Deaf Disabled, and Hard of Hearing communities by offering culturally affirmative services in response to relationship and sexual violence. Call to speak to a trained advocate for individualized safety planning and case management. Referrals can be placed for material help, legal help, social services, and mental health counseling. They offer 24-hour advocacy for survivors of sexual assault at local hospital emergency rooms. They also hold trainings for volunteer advocates, professionals/providers working with Deaf clients, and Deaf Culture 101.
PO Box 1286, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Videophone: (614) 678-5476
Voice/Text: (614) 887-7233
National Deaf Hotline VP: (855) 812-1001
National 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline Voice: (800) 799-7233
dwaveohio.org

Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)

Find lots of educational resources and city services on their website. FCPH offers many services and resources, including:

280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3160
Weekend, Holiday and After Hours Emergency Hotline: (614) 525-3965
Telecommunications for the Deaf: 711 or (800) 750-0750
myfcph.org

Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition (FCSPC)

Organization that aims to prevent suicide and support those affected by suicide. Their website has educational resources on prevention, intervention, crisis, and post-intervention for parents and professionals. You can use their website to find local and online trainings related to suicide prevention, or request a speaker for your event.
franklincountyspc.org

LOSS Community Services

LOSS exists to advocate, serve, and support survivors of suicide loss. They provide first responders who attend the scene of a suicide, follow up with loved ones, and send care baskets, offer one-to-one peer support, and host support groups for adults and teens. They offer suicide prevention training to organizations and groups for a minimal cost.
3040 Riverside Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 530-8064
losscs.org

Lurie Children’s Resources for Advancing Mental Health in Pediatrics (RAMP)

Provides resources on a wide range of mental health topics, including; patient education handouts, descriptions of mental health conditions, how therapy works, descriptions of medications, how to take medications, videos on various behavioral health topics and more.
ramp.luriechildrens.org

Mental Health America of Franklin County (MHAFC)

Offers advocacy, pregnancy and postpartum mental health services, support groups for people struggling with various mental health challenges, workplace and community educational programs, professional training and an online resource directory.

2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Mental Health America: (614) 221-1441
Ombudsman Program: (800) 536-5891
mhaohio.org

Mental Health First Aid

An 8-hour course that trains individuals on how to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.
(614) 221-1441
mhaohio.org/get-help/workplace-community-program/mental-health-first-aid-2

Mount Carmel Healthy Living Center

Community health and wellness center providing free holistic health and wellness programs for everyone, empowering individuals to embrace long-term health behavior changes in a safe, inclusive space. Programs include cooking and nutrition, community meetings, diabetes prevention, exercise classes, wellness and stress management, financial education, healthy babies, and mom support groups. Go online to find healthy recipes, program descriptions, and to register for a program.
(614) 234-4660
777 West State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
mountcarmelhealth.com/about-us/community-benefit/outreach-programs/healthy-living-center

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Franklin County

Provides support, advocacy and education to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness. Use their website to find support groups, educational opportunities, and resource lists. The 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 CIT officer who has received specialized training in mental health and substance abuse issues.
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 501-6264
Information and Referral HelpLine: (800) 950-6264
namifranklincounty.org
NAMI Ohio: namiohio.org

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Parent’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder

This booklet is a helpful resource on identifying signs of bipolar disorder in children, and how to support children with a diagnosis. The NIMH website has great educational resources for parents, an online treatment locator, and information on joining a research study.
NIMH Resource Center: (866) 615-6464
nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder-in-children-and-teens/index.shtml

Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership (OPEPP)

Helps licensed preschools and child care providers in Ohio with preschool-age children whose behavior poses challenges in the preschool setting, putting them at risk for expulsion. To access free on-site consultation services call the number below or complete their online request form. OPEPP is a collaboration among the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and local early childhood mental health providers.
(844) 678-2227
nationwidechildrens.org/preschool-expulsion-prevention

OurHelpers

Somali-led non-profit improving the lives of immigrant and refugee families in Franklin County. Services include case management, ESL classes, mental health first aid classes, help with rent and utilities, food pantry, and youth programming.
2021 East Dublin Granville Road, Suite 197, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 733-9555
Website: ourhelpers.org/home
Facebook: facebook.com/ourhelpers.org

Reaching for the Shining Starz

Provides hygiene bags, meals, and basic clothing needs to women in the Sullivant Avenue and Linden areas who are caught in addiction, homelessness, and human trafficking. They also provide education and prevention presentations. Visit the website for contact information.
PO Box 23402, Columbus, Ohio 43222
theshiningstarz.org

Simply Living in Worthington

Offers a directory of locally-owned and sustainable businesses and a variety of courses on environmental sustainability, nonviolent communication, healthy living, personal finance, and civic engagement. They host regular free and low-cost community events including yoga, bird-watching, mindfulness, and Empathy Calls weekly support group. They also offer opportunities for internship or volunteering.
‪659 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
(614) 447-0296‬‬
simplyliving.org

Think Make Live Youth

Empowers youth in Columbus through equity and justice, bridge building, empowerment, belonging and fun. Programs include Guns DOWN group for ages 13-24 to heal from trauma and prevent violence, Unleashing Potential for ages 18-24 navigating the criminal justice system, and Summer Workforce for ages 14-24 to gain paid work and community service opportunities. Call for details.
(614) 323-9297
tmlyouth.org

Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Franklin County

Offers substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support programs for communities of color in Central Ohio using culturally specific, evidence-based strategies. They offer anger management, domestic violence prevention and parenting classes for adults. Youth programming includes in-school, after-school, and summer camp. They also offer training opportunities for professionals and events for the community. Call or email the organization to register for a program.
700 Bryden Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-9694 or (614) 403-3136
umadaopfc.com

Worthington C.A.R.E.S. Coalition

Provide resources, services and workshops the promote a culture that prevents drug and alcohol abuse, while supporting individuals and families affected by substance abuse. They also have a youth council. Visit the website for contact information.
worthingtoncarescoalition.org

Youth to Youth International

A community-based drug prevention and youth leadership program for middle school and high school students. The goal of its many projects is harnessing the powerful influence of peer pressure, making it a positive force that encourages youth to live free of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Call for meeting schedules and more information.
118 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43125
(614) 224-4506
youthtoyouth.org


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