Families In Touch

Families In Touch has been helping families and friends of adults with mental illness since 1978. In a confidential group setting, participants are encouraged to share their experiences and learn about local mental health and recovery resources. Participants include friends, parents, spouses, adult children or adult siblings of older teens and adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. These illnesses include major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc. The groups are facilitated by mental health professionals who are experienced in dealing with the specific concerns of family members.

There are many benefits to becoming involved with Families In Touch. Participants can:

  • Speak openly about mental illness with others who have been affected.
  • Listen to what steps have worked for others.
  • Learn more about mental health services in the community.
  • Improve communication skills and become more effective with mental health professionals.
  • Become effective advocates for improved mental health care.

Families In Touch Meeting Times and Locations

West Side (co-sponsored by Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Community Support Network)
2200 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43223
Meets on the 3rd Thursdays of each month from 5:30-7:00 PM
Contact: Scott Hauser, 614-641-4135 or Brandi Allen, 614-221-1441, x 106
Map and Directions
Park on the back side of the building and enter near the sign for the North Wing Conference Center.


OhioHealth – Riverside (co-sponsored by Riverside Methodist Hospital)
The Dempsey Family Education and Resource Center
3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214
Meets every Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Contact: Heather Donnelly, 614-566-2638 or Brandi Allen, 614-221-1441, x 106
(Not available for student observation.)
Map and Directions
Park in the Red Garage and enter at the 1st floor of the Silver Area. The Dempsey Resource Center is not far and easily found across from Starbucks inside the hospital.

Meeting times are subject to change. Please call to confirm if you have any questions.

Please note: Where they are permitted, student observers may only attend if they have made advance arrangements with Brandi at 614-221-1441 and agree to the strict observation guidelines. Thank you.