A gift to MHAFC will have direct and immediate impact in our community--helping to make Franklin County and Columbus a happier, healthier place to call home.
To make a donation to MHAFC, you have the
Our mission is made possible by through the concern of a caring community and your investment.
Thank you for working with us to make a difference!
Another way to give is to volunteer your time.
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all our volunteer opportunities.
Mental Health America of Franklin County can only
afford to continue our services and programs in the
community with the help of people like you.
contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent
of the law.
Your donation makes a big difference:
- Your gift helps ensure people that need help have a place to go. We are the only organization in Central Ohio that offers a depression support group that meets every week.
- Your gift will make sure someone who is having a problem with their care will be connected to our Ombudsman. He will investigate and advocate on their behalf.
- With the decimation of the mental health system, your gift funds our efforts to keep our legislators informed so they can fight to make the system better in the future.
- Think of all the people you know personally. The reality is that 1 in 4 individuals struggle with a mental health issue. Join us today and give hope to people who need our services.
Additional benefits include:
- Your name will be added to our membership roster
- You will
receive our quarterly newsletter, The Advocate.
request, you can receive our Mental Health and
Recovery Services Directory.
- You will also be kept
up-to-date on legislation, local issues and changes
in mental health services in Franklin County.
- Members are also entitled to discounts on all MHAFC-sponsored
Highlights from 2010 & 2011:
We received continued funding for Get Connected, the program that
targets consumers with severe mental illness. The program helps raise
awareness of living a healthier lifestyle. This year, 81 clients
successfully completed the program, with 86% linking to a
medical-related service. The program will expand to southeast Ohio in
• Neal Edgar, central Ohio's only full-time mental health Ombudsman, joined
the Franklin County Interdisciplinary Team at Central Ohio Area Agency
on Aging. Also continued in 2011 were relationships with Columbus Police
Department's CIT (Crisis Intervention Team), ADAMH Board Consumer and
Family Member Advocacy Council, Franklin University's Disability
Services Advisory Board and the Governor's Council of People with
• We’ve expanded our support groups to now include 10 regular meetings throughout the Columbus area. These include Depression Support, Families In Touch and Schizophrenics Anonymous groups serving 243 individuals and families in 2011.
• We received $30,000 from the Ruth C. Poore and
William A. and Jane B. Scheurer Funds of the Columbus Foundation for a
collaboration grant to develop a shared services model to increase the
efficiency of four agencies - the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation,
Multi-ethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence and Community for New
• The Pro Bono Counseling
Program started in February 2011 as a response to the 2008 Ohio
Family Health Survey that indicated 150,000 people in Franklin County
were uninsured. As a result of being uninsured, individuals and families
with mental health needs often delay or forgo treatment due to their
inability to afford the cost of services. The program offers uninsured
and underinsured individuals the opportunity to receive counseling. The
generosity of 10 local foundations allowed the program to get started
quickly for our community. We're excited and thankful to the 130 local
mental health professionals who have agreed to participate by donating
their services so far, and we continue to need more volunteers. In its
first year of operation, the Pro Bono Counseling Program provided 2,796
hours of counseling to 219 clients totaling $279,600 worth of service.