Crisis Help

Get Help NOW.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, or if you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis, call 988.


If you need help right now, our Teen Crisis Shelter helpline is available 24/7 :

How we can help

A crisis is simply defined as a time when a situation becomes overwhelmingly difficult and potentially dangerous. As Columbus’ only 24-hour crisis shelter for youth ages 12-17, Huck House has a staff trained to intervene and provide the support needed for youth and their families. We can provide a safe space for a youth in crisis, any time, any day. When it comes to young people in crisis, there is no situation too big or too small. Call or come in. And get the support you deserve. 

Print and keep the H3 card in your pocket. This helps you know who to call when you need it.

Other organizations that offer help and resources:

If you are having thoughts of suicide, or if you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis, call:


If you are considering suicide or physically harming yourself:

Teen Suicide Prevention Hotline

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, the local 24-hour Teen Suicide Prevention Hotline offers peer counseling to adolescents who may be dealing with loneliness, depression, and other problems.

Call: 614-294-3300

If you are considering running away:

National Runaway Safeline

An anonymous 24-hour hotline and online support system to assist anyone who has run away from home, who is thinking of running away, has family member or friend who has run away, or anyone who ran away and is ready to go home.

Call: 1-800-RUNAWAY

If you are a victim of sexual violence:

Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN)

RAINN offers programs and support services for survivors of sexual violence and their families. The National Sexual Assault hotline is available 24/7 by phone.

Call: 1-800-656-4673

If you need protection from abuse or neglect:

Franklin County Children Services

FCCS provides protection, care, and permanency for children who are abused, neglected, or dependent. The goal is to ensure every child has a safe, stable, and happy home. If you are, or suspect someone is, a victim of abuse or neglect, the child abuse hotline is accessible 24 hours a day.

Call: 614-229-7000

If you need pregnancy or women’s health support:

Teen Health Clinic

The clinic offers women’s health support especially for teens age 13-18. Services include pregnancy testing, same-day birth control options, and testing for sexually transmitted infections in a comfortable, safe environment.

Call: 614-645-7368

Text: 614-668-8396  

If you are a LGBTQIA+ youth and need support:

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Kaleidoscope is the largest organization in Ohio dedicated to supporting LGBTQIA+ youth. It offers a place of community, a place to belong, and a supportive place to encourage confidence in the ability to live life to the fullest.

Call: 614-294-5437

If you need access to resources for youth outreach and success:

YOP Shop

The YOP Shop helps youth remove barriers that stand in the way of reaching goals and taking charge of your life with access to helpful resources right here in Columbus.
Call: (614) 826-3630

Items we need:

Clothing and Personal Items

  • Underwear
  • Sweatpants (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Sweatshirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Shorts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • T-shirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Socks
  • Wallets
  • Earbuds

          Please note that we are unable to accept any used clothing items.

General Supplies

  • Composition notebooks/journals
  • Adult coloring books
  • Colored pencils
  • Art supplies
  • “Smell goods” (i.e. Bath & Body Works)

Toiletries and Hygiene Products

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner*
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Body soap*
  • Tootbrushes and toothpaste*
  • Brushes and combs
  • Ethnic hair care products

    The * denotes that the item must be in a full size bottle.

Misellaneous Items

  • Baby items
  • Pillows
  • Solid color twin comforters and sheet sets
  • Kitchen utensils, general cleaning and laundry supplies, picture frames
  • Non-perishable food items for youth outreach (crackers, cup of soup, fruit snacks, chips)
  • Gift cards from $5 to $25 for fast food restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations
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