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Need help for yourself, or your children? Here are some important contacts and resources.

Assault and violence

ASHA - Ray of Hope

Help line: 614-565-2918
Domestic violence assistance for women and children from primarily south Asian countries.

BRAVO – Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization

Live help for LGBT anti-violence is available at the above telephone number Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. Website is intended for informational and reporting purposes only. There is no guarantee submitted information will be received or processed immediately.

Stress and anxiety

Many large employers have employee assistance programs in place to help their workers navigate life's challenges. Please check with your employer to see if this applies to you and contact a provider for immediate assistance. Or, use the resources below.

Directions for Youth & Families

Offers counseling and clinical services for behavioral health issues, and classes on parenting, improving life skills, communication and decision-making.

Equitas Health

A not-for-profit, community-based healthcare system, and one of the nation's largest HIV/LGBTQ healthcare organizations.

Mental Health America of Ohio

This program links volunteer mental health professionals with those who need, but cannot afford, mental health counseling.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Ohio Resources

NAMI Ohio (National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio) provides mutual support, education and advocacy for individuals and families affected by serious brain disorders. This page provides a list of national, state and local resources for those facing a variety of challenges to mental health.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

In crisis or distress? Call 988, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of local crisis centers for free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You Are Not Alone

Access this infographic for resources on suicide education and prevention, including information on how to break the stigma, what signs to look for and how to help as well as help for grieving; produced by Worthington resident Andrea Nadolny, in partnership with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Women's health

Teen and Pregnant Program

This program, run by Nationwide Children's Hospital, provides prenatal and postpartum care for pregnant women up the age of 21 and a half years-old.

Legal and government

Birth and death records - Columbus Public Health Office of Vital Statistics

The Columbus Public Health Office of Vital Statistics assists with issuing certified copies of certificates for births (occurring in Ohio only) and deaths (occurring in Franklin County, Ohio only) from 1908 to present; registering births, deaths and fetal deaths occurring in Franklin County; issuing burial permits; assisting single parents with completing "Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavits;" and assisting with correcting birth and death certificates issued in Franklin County.

Franklin County Municipal Court Self Help Center

Staff are available at the legal clinic to answer questions via the chat function at the website listed above. The web chat is monitored weekdays 9am-3pm. Questions are answered on a first come first served basis.

Social services

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Plans, funds and delivers services that help older adults and individuals with disabilities remain safe and independent in their homes.

ElderCare Locator

The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services.

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Provides advocacy, education, support and a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, ages 12-20, in central Ohio.

Learning Aid Ohio

Provides supplemental learning support for students with disabilities.

Worthington Resource Pantry

6700 Huntley Road
Columbus, OH 43229

The Worthington Resource Pantry provides food assistance, serving eight zip codes in northern Franklin and southern Delaware counties (43016, 43035, 43065, 43081, 43085, 43229, 43235, 43240) and whose income falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Their site also connects people to clothing assistance, healthcare resources and utility bill assistance.

Hillary K

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