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Need help for yourself, or your children? Here are some important contacts and resources, updated to reflect closures and other limitations during the coronavirus crisis.


Asian American Community Services

Offices are closed to the public until further notice, but staff continue to provide services. Visit the website listed above for applicable telephone numbers and email addresses.

Coalición Hispana de Ohio

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)


COTA Mainstream ADA Service


Deaf Services Center

Disability Rights Ohio

Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition

National Youth Advocate Program

Somali Community Association

Assault and violence

BRAVO – Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (LGBT anti-violence)

Live help is available at the above telephone number Monday through Friday from 9:00am-7:00pm. Website is intended for informational and reporting purposes only. There is no guarantee submitted information will be received or processed immediately.

Franklin County Children Services Child Abuse Hotline

The homepage offers important tips for preventing child abuse and neglect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Human Trafficking Hotline


Ohio Domestic Violence Network

Although the office remains closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, staff is working remotely to continue providing services to survivors, programs and the community.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio

24-Hour Sexual Assault Helpline: 614-267-7020

Mental and physical health

Grief and bereavement

Cornerstone of Hope Columbus

Hospice of Central Ohio: Grief & Healing

Mount Carmel Hospice

Muslim Family Services of Ohio – Janazah services

Ohio Funeral Directors Association: Bereavement Support

OhioHealth Grief Support Groups

Syntero – For grief, loss and trauma

Wexner Heritage Village – Zusman Hospice Grief and Bereavement Services

Stress and anxiety

Coronavirus Has Upended Our World. It’s Okay to Grieve

Employee Assistance Programs

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.

Franklin County Youth Psychiatric Crisis Line

17 and younger: 614-722-1800
18 and older: 888-276-2273

Grief and COVID-19: Mourning our bygone lives

Huckleberry House

24-hour youth crisis hotline: 614-294-5553

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 – COVID-19 Information and Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Ohio Department of Health – Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

Trevor Project

24-hour LGBTQ crisis hotline: 866-488-7386

Women's health

Breast & Cervical Cancer Project – Central region

Call for Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: 866-418-4963

POEM—Mental Health for Moms

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support: 614-315-8989

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.

WIC Breastfeeding Helpline


The Women’s Clinic of Columbus

Legal and government

Child Support Enforcement Agency


Columbus Birth and Death Records

To help prevent the spread of illness, walk-in services are not available at Columbus Public Health until further notice. Applications can still be submitted online, by phone or by mail; learn more at the website above.

Franklin County Municipal Court Self Help Center (legal clinic)

Staff are available 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.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office


Legal Aid Society of Columbus


Ohio JFS Adoption Information

Ohio State Legal Services Association

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.

Charity Newsies School Clothing

Columbus Literacy Council

Franklin County Family and Children First Council

Franklin County Job and Family Services

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

Learning Aid Ohio

Provides supplemental learning support for students with disabilities.

Worthington Resource Pantry

6700 Huntley Road
Columbus, OH 43229
Pantry volunteers continue to distribute food car side in their parking lot during normal service hours (Mondays, 10am-2pm; Wednesdays, 3-7pm; Saturdays, 10am-12pm). Home delivery is available to those who are homebound; visit their website for more information.

Volunteers of America Family Services


YMCA Stable Families Program

Families with children currently enrolled in pre-K-grade 12 may apply.

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