Find Help for Me and My Child

At Nationwide Children's we care very much about you and your safety.

For crisis situations that are not life-threatening, mental health and substance abuse crisis services for Franklin County, Ohio, residents are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Youth and adolescents 17 and under should call (614) 722-1800.
  • Ages 18 and older should call (614) 276-CARE (2273).
For people living outside Franklin County, please call your county’s psychiatric crisis line number. 

If you are having thoughts of suicide or need to talk, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. If you prefer to text, you can text "START" to 741-741 where a live, trained specialist will respond back to you.

Find Help for Someone Else

Do you someone who is struggling with their mental health? Our partners at Mental Health America have a list of resources and situations for you to talk through with your loved one.

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Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion 

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we know that an emotional, behavioral or developmental problem can be confusing for children and adolescents – and for those who love them. Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital offers a wide range of services to address the needs of these patients and their families.

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Community Resources

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24-Hour Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crisis is offered by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Both organizations work to stabilize patients over a few days and can provide longer-term inpatient hospitalization if necessary. Nationwide Children’s provides crisis care for children 14 and younger; Ohio State Wexner Medical Center treats teens 15 to 17 years old.

Call Nationwide Children's Hospital at (614) 355-8080 or The OSU Wexner Medical Center at (614) 293-9600.


Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) funds nearly 35 nonprofit Franklin County organizations that provide treatment and prevention services for young people and their families. ADAMH financed services include individual, group and family therapy, case management, psychiatry and primary care, summer camps, after school programs and a suicide prevention hotline. Services not covered by insurance are offered on a sliding fee scale.

Call ADAMH at (614) 244-1057.


Syntero provides a range of counseling services to help children and teens with issues such as physical and sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and behavior problems. Group and individual therapy sessions are offered.

Call Syntero at (614) 889-5722.


Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHIOMAS) oversees a statewide network of care providers that includes more than 400 community-based mental health agencies and six state-operated psychiatric hospitals.

Call OHIOMAS at (877) 275-6364.

Buckeye Ranch 

Buckeye Ranch helps children ages 6 to 18 with attention deficit disorder, behavior problems, sexually inappropriate behavior, school fights, alcohol or drug use, running away and anger issues. Programs include individual and group counseling, family counseling, psychiatry, residential programs, day treatment, in-home family services, 24-hour crisis services, foster care services, deaf services and parenting.

Call Buckeye Ranch at (614) 384-7798.


Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides educational, employment and support services to Franklin County children and adults with developmental disabilities. Most services are offered at no cost to Franklin County residents who meet eligibility requirements.

Call Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities at (877) 475-6440.

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Franklin County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors is a team of volunteers, many of whom are survivors of a suicide loss themselves, trained to offer support and resources to individuals who have experienced the suicide of a friend or relative. Volunteers from the organization go to each suicide scene in Franklin County to offer support and resources to the grieving.

Call Franklin County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors at (614) 530-8064.

 MHA Franklin Co

Mental Health America of Franklin County, an affiliate of Mental Health America, supports the Central Ohio community by guiding people in need of mental health services to appropriate providers and provides services that may not otherwise be accessible. The organization makes initial referrals, provides free mental health services, and helps maintain stability and productivity once wellness is achieved.

Call Mental Health America of Franklin County at (614) 221-1441.


National Alliance for the Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio is the statewide organization offering advocacy and classes to support individuals with a mental illness and their families. NAMI Franklin County offers peer education, training programs and services for people living with mental illness as well as family members, care givers and friends of people living with a mental illness. NAMI Franklin County offers a free course for the parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living a mental illness to help them advocate for their children in schools and health care settings while promoting the need for self-care, coping and communication skills.

Call NAMI at (614) 224-2700.

 OSU Wexner

The Ohio State University Harding Hospital Behavioral Health provides an inpatient and outpatient program for adolescents’ mental health needs. An intensive outpatient program is available for youth 13 to 18 who need a high level of care but can safely be managed at home. The inpatient adolescent unit that OSU offers is for youths 12 to 18. This unit provides specialized mental and behavioral care for youth whose psychiatric disorder affects their ability to care for themselves or presents a risk of harm to themselves or others. In this unit, each patient receives a complete psychiatric assessment, medication evaluation and educational needs assessment.

Call The OSU Harding Hospital Behavioral Health at (614) 293-9600.


Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF), a not-for-profit 501© 3 was created in 2005 as a public/private partnership to promote suicide prevention as a public health issue and advance evidence-based awareness, intervention and methodology strategies to support all Ohio-based suicide prevention efforts. OSPF’s vision is to provide information, resources, raise awareness, eliminate stigma and increase help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans.

Call OSPF at (614) 429-1528.


The Nationwide Children's Foundation serves to further the mission of Nationwide Children's Hospital while meeting donor philanthropic goals. Nationwide Children's Hospital is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 31-1036370)