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Suicide & Mental Health Help

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 or Toll-free (888) 276-2273
  • Call 9-1-1
  • Visit the emergency room
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline (614) 221-5445 or Teen Hotline (614) 294-3300
  • Call the toll-free National Suicide Hotline (800) 273-8255

Huckleberry House

Works with Central Ohio’s youth ages 12 to 24 and families who are dealing with issues like abuse, violence, neglect, poverty, and homelessness. Programs include:

  • Crisis Shelter – Provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention for youth ages 12 to 17.
  • Transitional Living Program – Assists youth ages 17 to 21 with independent living skills, mental health support and securing living arrangements. Teens meet with counselors for free and confidential support.
  • Family Support Program – Counseling services are available to youth ages 12 to 22 and their families.
  • Youth Outreach Program (YOP) & YOP Shop – Meet with youth ages 12 to 24, anywhere, to help connect or make aware of support that’s available in the community to help you with housing, education, employment, and other needs. YOP Shop is the location where that assistance can occur.
  • Scholarship Program – Provide scholarship funds to young people in their programs to help pay for college tuition and expenses.

1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-8097
YOP Shop: 893 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 826-3630
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (614) 294-5553 or text “SAFE” and your current location to 69866 to find a Safe Place Partner that can help you get to Huck House
huckhouse.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 Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)

A nonprofit organization that supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Provided on their website is an Eating Disorders Screening Tool and other resources and information. Their Parent Toolkit is a resource to get answers to questions and concerns. Parents can learn how to be supportive and get advice from other parents.
200 West Forty-first Street, New York, New York 10036
Administrative Office: (212) 575-6200
Toll-free Information and Referral Helpline: (800) 931-2237
nationaleatingdisorders.org

National Runaway Safeline

A toll-free confidential hotline for teens in crisis. Some teens call from the streets urgently seeking immediate help, and others call for advice about issues such as bullying, abuse, drugs, suicide, relationships and human trafficking.
Hotline: (800) 786-2929 Toll-free
Text to 66008
1800runaway.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Provides free, confidential advice 24 hours a day and is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
Toll-free: (800) 273-8255
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Big Lots Behavioral Health Services

Offers many programs for children and teens, including help with substance abuse, anger issues, behavior problems, ADHD, exposure to violence, depression, anxiety and self-harm behaviors for children up to age 21, at several locations throughout Columbus.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-8080
nationwidechildrens.org/behavioral-health

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.
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 429-1528
ohiospf.org

Safer Schools Ohio

Sign up for SafterOH Tip Line to report potential suicide, school shootings, bullying or other problems anonymously. This program is based on four components: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. They also provide guidance to Ohio school administrators in planning, educating staff, and enforcing their school’s safety and security operations.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 644-2641
SaferOH Tip Line: call or text (844) 723-3764
saferschools.ohio.gov

Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO)

This 24-hour free, confidential local rape helpline offers emotional support, counseling referrals and community education for victims of sexual assault, rape, abuse and incest.
1299 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
24-Hour Local Hotline: (614) 267-7020
National Hotline (RAINN): (800) 656-4673
ohiohealth.com/services/neuroscience/our-programs/behavioral-and-mental-health/sarnco

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.
teenshealth.org/en/teens

More Free Confidential Hotlines for Teens

  • (614) 294-3300
    Columbus 24-hour teen suicide hotline provided by North Central Mental Health Services
  • (800) 786-2929
    National free 24-hour hotline for youth who have run away or are in crisis
  • (614) 221-5445
    Franklin County 24-hour suicide prevention hotline; volunteers listen, assess suicide risk, and give support to callers in crisis
  • (800) 222-1222
    Central Ohio 24-hour poison center hotline
  • (614) 224-4663
    Franklin County 24-hour crisis and information hotline for victims of domestic violence
  • 2-1-1 or (614) 221-2255
    24-hour Hands On hotline to help Franklin County families find local resources they need
  • (800) 662-4357
    Provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish
  • (866) 331-9474
    Love is Respect national dating abuse helpline for teens
  • (614) 285-4357
    24-hour hotline to report a tip or get help for victims of human trafficking 

Call 911 if you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself or someone else.