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Websites & Advocacy

On Our Sleeves

A nationwide movement to transform children’s mental health. They provide resources, ways to get help and support mental and behavioral health care.
nationwidechildrens.org/giving/on-our-sleeves

Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition (FCSPC)

Aims to prevent suicide and bring hope and support to those affected by suicide. On their website, they list prevention, intervention, crisis, and post-intervention suicide resources. They provide local and online training related to suicide prevention, and go over how to request a speaker to talk about suicide prevention and intervention. Visit the website for contact information.
franklincountyspc.org

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

Where’s The Line?

A first-of-its-kind effort designed to educate bystanders on how to appropriately address signs of family violence and abuse. Bystanders can anonymously and confidentially receive answers and advice by calling 844-234-LINE (5463), texting 87028 or chatting at WheresTheLine.info. The Information Coordinator is available to assist 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
wherestheline.info

Addiction Center & Addiction Resource

An informational web guide for those who are struggling with substance use disorders and behavioral and mental health disorders. The websites have a rehab locator, and their 24-hour free confidential helpline can answer questions about access to treatment centers, supportive guidance and financial assistance options. It is not a treatment center and does not accept payments and is not a substitute for professional medical help.

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

Helps Franklin County residents find the right places to turn for low cost, alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services by overseeing more than 35 community agencies. These community agencies have a sliding fee scale for services, meaning any Franklin County resident can get 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
adamhfranklin.org

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Their website has definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, resources, expert videos related to mental illnesses/disorders.
aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Home

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children

The website has information on a wide range of health topics, 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, immunizations, developmental stages and more.
healthychildren.org

American Psychological Association (APA) Help Center

Provides tips and strategies for managing stress, communicating with kids, making step families work, controlling anger, information on how psychologist can help you and more.
apa.org/helpcenter

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Provides free online information about importance differences in mental health treatments. Parents can search online for local psychologists and psychiatrists for free.
Online Database: findcbt.org

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.” It is a program from Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).
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

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
(800) 826-3632 Toll-free
dbsalliance.org

Half of Us

This website 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.
(800) 273-8255 Toll-free or text “START” to 741-741
halfofus.com

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. 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.

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

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Helps families and injured victims of drunk driving crashes. People can call the free helpline for emotional support, as well as guidance through the criminal justice system. MADD also offers free literature to victims and their families.
5900 Roche Drive, Columbus, Ohio 45229
(614) 885-6233
24-Hour Victim Help Line: (800) 552-8641
madd.org/ohio

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Franklin County / Ohio

Provides support, advocacy and education to improve the quality of life 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. 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). NAMI Franklin County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a police-based pre-arrest jail diversion program.
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Franklin County: (614) 501-6264
  • Ohio: (614) 224-2700

namifranklincounty.org
namiohio.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Resources for Young Adults

Offers free online discussion groups and blogs just for teens and young adults who want to feel stronger and more in control of their lives. Teens can learn about making friends, living independently, mental health conditions and more. They can find hands-on resources, youth stories and discussion boards, and they can connect with other teens for support and advice.

3803 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203
Helpline: (800) 950-6264
nami.org

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.
nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/families-and-educators

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Children who suffer from traumatic stress are those who have been exposed to one or more traumas over the course of their lives and develop reactions that affect their daily lives after the events have ended. The NCTSN website provides information and resources about complex trauma.
nctsn.org

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH)

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.
15800 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, Maryland 20855
(240) 403-1901
ffcmh.org

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
nimh.nih.gov/health

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Health Library

Find information on various health topics and about the disease, condition, medical procedure or test your child needs.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (Ohio MHAS)

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
mha.ohio.gov

Ohio Opioid Education Alliance (Don’t Live in Denial, OH)

Provides information and resources to help prevent the individuals from abusing prescription opioids. Click the link to find a secure drop box to dispose of leftover pills. If you know about or suspect opioid abuse call:

  • OhioMHAS (The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services): (877) 275-6364
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: (855) 378-4373
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration): (800) 622-4357

dontliveindenial.org

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF)

Provides information about suicide prevention coalitions in Ohio, prevention and provides a database of educational resources. Their mission is to provide resources, raise awareness, eliminate stigma, and increase help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans. They also have a list of county hotlines.
1225 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 429-1528
ohiospf.org

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

Southeast, Inc. Friends of the Homeless Program

Provides support to homeless men and women through emergency shelter, transitional and supportive/permanent housing. These services are available to persons living with certain medical conditions and chronically homeless people. To access emergency shelter services in Franklin County please call the Coordinated Point of Access (CPOA) at (888) 474-3587.
924 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 360-0251
fohcolumbus.com

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

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.
National Helpline: (800) 662-4357 or (800) 487-4889 TTY
findtreatment.samhsa.gov

Teens Health

A website for teens that cover various health topics such as depression, relationships, staying safe, sexual health; smoking, coping with cliques, binge drinking, dealing with an alcoholic parent; marijuana use and more.
teenshealth.org/en/teens

Tyler’s Light

A non-profit foundation that helps youth choose a drug-free life, while also providing resources for family members and friends who are involved in the battle to defeat drug abuse. On their website there are many events, tools and contacts for anyone needing help.
tylerslight.com