Behavioral Health

Helping Children and Families Reach Their Full Potential

Big Lots Behavioral Health Services

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.

Where should you turn after a diagnosis of autism, Down syndrome or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? What if your child is experiencing anxiety, depression or problems with alcohol or drugs?

Our comprehensive, team approach brings together psychiatry, psychology, specialized pediatrics, counseling, parent support specialists, social work and nursing to help with every aspect of a child’s treatment.

As a national leader in childhood Behavioral Health research, we are pushing the field forward. As caregivers, we want to help with your child’s individual challenges.

If you are in an emergency, life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 or go to an Emergency Department. 


Key Programs & Services

Franklin County Psychiatric Crisis Line

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.

Youth and families already linked with a behavioral health professional should contact them first or crisis line provided by your health care professional.

Providers and Families:  It is recommended you call the crisis line before coming to Nationwide Children’s Emergency Department if possible. The Franklin County Psychiatric Crisis Line is staffed by licensed providers who can help you develop a plan of action and identify needed resources.

Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion

Thanks to a transformational $50 million gift from Big Lots and its Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will construct America’s largest behavioral health treatment and research center just for children and adolescents.

Learn More About the Pavilion

Leah B

Read Leah's Story

Name: Leah B.
Condition(s): Anxiety, ADHD, Depression
Age Today: 21 Years

Leah was eight years old when her father passed away from cancer. During Leah’s sophomore year in high school, there was a crisis point where she came close to being hospitalized because of her suicidal thoughts. With treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health Services, she learned to manage her anxiety and depression.

Sawyer G

Read Sawyer's Story

Name: Sawyer G.
Condition(s): Autism Spectrum Disorder
Age Today: 11 Years

At a little over age 2, Sawyer was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has learned to speak in full sentences, have conversations and look up and respond when someone calls his name. Not so long ago, when asked to stop looking at a book, Sawyer would often scream, cry and sometimes drop to the floor. That seldom happens now.

Marissa W

Read Marissa's Story

Name: Marissa W.
Condition(s): Autism Spectrum Disorder
Age Today: 23 Years

When you meet Marissa, it is hard to believe that this beautiful young lady could have a problem in the world. But the truth is that she knows what it is like to struggle.

Big Lots Behavioral Health Services receives funding from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.Franklin County Board of Commissioners Logo

Young Boy Sawyer leaning on chair

Reaching Full Potential

Discussing Behavioral and Mental Health in Central Ohio Youth

One in five children is faced with a mental disorder before the age of 12. And with the soaring demand in mental health treatment for young people comes a steep rise in the complexity and severity of their illnesses. In some way, everyone is touched by mental illness.