Featured Organizations

January 2021

Can’t Stop Columbus

Remote Hugs Project

John Cairns

Thursday January 21 2021 is National Hugging Day
Hug (n.)
a close embrace with the arms especially as a sign of affection

Do you remember your first embrace?

Hug (v.)
to cling firmly or fondly to; cherish:

Will you cherish the moments with the people you remember?

During times of isolation, which have amplified during this pandemic, we have all suffered as greetings with warm smiles, embraces, and fond moments of human connection have transformed into arrivals with masks, temperature checks, plastic barriers, distance, and sterile clipboards with paperwork.

To support those in emotional need we are asking everyone to share a hug again in this new year. Post your expressions of human emotions, connections, embrace, love, and joy through illustrations, photos, sculptures, etc., to your social media platforms and use the hashtags:
See how to use the hugs app physically-distanced or remote. (40 sec)
Let’s make a difference and share your care!

In coordination with the social media effort; please use the Hugs App found here and in the app store (Type in “hugs” and we are the HUGS APP). Pass it forward!

Every virtual hug you send will benefit you, the receiver, and will also provide recognition and financial support to Columbus’ local homeless shelters for youth.

Helping those who need support during these tough times.

Please support this important cause with your creative talents and learn more about the hugs team, our story, and the connection to Columbus’ Homeless Youth Shelters at https://hugs.care/.

December 2020

Hugs App

When words are not enough, share a hug.  https://hugs.care/


November 2020

Ohio CareLine

Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) joined with Governor Mike DeWine and RecoveryOhio to launch a new, toll-free CareLine to provide emotional support for Ohio residents who are experiencing stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Ohio residents may call 1-800-720-9616 to connect with trained counselors for 24/7 support.

They have been trained to provide free, confidential support for a wide range of needs.


I called and talked about my anxiety due to lack of financial resources. She provided me with a phone number for mental health pro bono resources. But more importantly, they are there for emotional support. I spent 35 minutes on the phone. She was kind, listened willingly, and would have talked as long as I needed. The experience was better than expected, and I highly recommend it.


Have you made use of the Ohio CareLine?
Don’t hesitate! Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.


October 2020

The P.E.E.R. Center

Mat Hargett

The P.E.E.R. Center is a free, drop-in wellness, recovery, and support center for adults. No appointment or referrals necessary.

P.E.E.R. is an acronym for Peers Enriching Each other's Recovery. As the name implies, they are a consumer-operated (peer-operated recovery) service center where the entire staff is in recovery. It is a place to learn from and spend time with those who have "walked the walk."

Their mission is to provide a safe place where individuals receive respect, encouragement, and hope that supports and strengthens their recovery with mental illness, additions, and/or trauma.

There are multiple events every day at both their East and West centers (following COVID-19 protocols) along with coffee, snacks, and computer/internet access.

I attended a recent anxiety support group and found the peer leading the discussion not only open and honest about her struggles, but also encouraging, as she shared some of her path to recovery. That led others of us in the room to share our journeys as well. By the end, I gained an appreciation for the numerous tools available that people can use to reduce anxiety and improve their overall well-being.

Link to the non-profit organization → https://thepeercenter.org/  

September 2020

Mental Health America of Ohio (MHA Ohio)

by David Amaya


The Mission of MHA Ohio is to transform how people think about mental illness, make it easier to get help, and give people the support they need to get better and stay better.

Mental Health First Aid - FREE Training  

Mental Health First Aid is a tool that can be used to help an individual experiencing a mental health challenge to connect to appropriate supports and treatments. 

You don’t even have to be a medical professional to learn it!

MHA Ohio is offering  FREE Mental Health First Aid training online.

It's a one-day program, with a self-paced section to be completed ahead of time. The training is open to the public.

I attended Mental Health First Aid training last month. 

It's a great program, and I thoroughly recommend it!

Register for an upcoming one-day training. Spaces are limited. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9/15/2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020 9/17/2020 

Monday, September 21, 2020 9/21/2020 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9/23/2020