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Columbus – zzz017 Bipolar Disorder Columbus Meetup (MEETUP.COM - Meet with local people suffering from bipolar disorder (aka manic depression) for discussion, information, and support. (Join on-line and meet in person monthly)

Akron DBSA MHA Fargo 124 8th Street N. 58102 Susan Helgeland, 701/237-5871
Lynn Gifford, 707/298-3601
or 701/235-2333
Fax: 701/231-0562
Archbold DBSA Four County/ADAMhs Board T-761 SR 66 43502 Caroline Gretick, 419/636-2076 or 419/267-3355
Fax: 419/267-3353
Athens DBSA Athens PO Box 225 45701 Linda Bauer, 740/592-2630
Austin DBSA Greater Austin 11809 Rain Forest Cove 78759 Karen Brown, 512/331-6866 or
Helen Littledale, 512/345-7338
Cincinnati DBSA Greater Cincinnati Bipolar Group 2400 Reading Rd. 45202 Kevin Kaminski/Raef Smith, 513/721-2910
Cleveland DBSA Cleveland 11501 Mayfield Rd., #1100 44106 J. Thomas Kalka, 216/229-4841 or
Mark Young, 216/321-7811
Columbus DBSA Northwest Columbus 360 Meadow View Dr. 43065 Barbara Ryan, 740/548-6487
Mike Wilkinson, 614/882-0604
Cridersville Above the Moods 500 S. Dixie Highway 45806 Johnathan Spyker, 419/645-4680 or
Delphos DBSA Above the Moods 9299 State Route
66 N
45833 Irene Blockberger, 419/692-2785 or
Findlay DBSA Findlay 2330 S. Main Street 45840 Kathy Hirschfeld, 419/423-4772
Fax: 419/423-3637
Toledo DBSA Greater Toledo PO Box 351462 43635 Dorene Sherman, 419/340-9710
Judy Alford, 419/861-2569
Warren DBSA Mahoning & Trumbul Counties PO Box 521 44482 Jim Carmany, 330/542-0109
Ralph Pollard, 330/394-6988

DBSA Chapters/Support Groups

DBSA Akron Area
Contact 1: Claudia Cihlar
Phone: (330) 344-6475
Contact 2: Rick Masceili
Additional Phone: (330) 697-8621
Fax: (330) 996-5802

DBSA Four County
Contact 1: Ed
Phone: (419) 636-6270
Contact 2: Art
Additional Phone: (419) 399-4375

DBSA Four County (for women only)
Contact 1: Caroline
Phone: (419) 636-2076

DBSA Cleveland
Contact 1: Dorene Sherman
Phone: (866) 854-9154

DBSA High Flyers and Low Landers
Contact 1: Lucy C. Arnett
Phone: (937) 286-5430
Contact 2: Can Truong
Additional Phone: (937) 430-9675

DBSA Above the Moods
Contact 1: Irene Blockberger
Phone: (419) 692-2785 or (419) 692-0651

DBSA Findlay
Contact 1: Becky Hickle
Phone: (419) 422-9381

DBSA Middletown
Contact 1: Gina Johnson
Phone: (937) 514-9575

DBSA Middletown (for young adults ages 16-29)
Contact 1: Melissa Rowland
Phone: (513) 755-1916

DBSA Wayne County
Contact 1: Rita Roberts or Peggy Daugherty
Phone: (330) 264-1590

DBSA Greater Toledo
Contact 1: Dorene Sherman or Bobbie Dotson
Phone: (419) 474-7439
Contact 2: Toll Free
Additional Phone: (866) 854-9154

DBSA Veterans On The Road To Recovery
Contact 1: Bobbie Dotson
Phone: (419) 474-7439

DBSA Toledo Families
Contact 1: Judy Alford
Phone: (419) 474-7439

DBSA Generation Y Children's Group
Contact 1: Dorene Sherman
Phone: (419) 474-7439

DBSA NW Ohio Dual Diagnosis
Contact 1: Judy Alford
Phone: (419) 474-7439
Contact 2: Dorene Sherman
Additional Phone: (419) 474-7439

DBSA Wayne County
Contact 1: Rita Roberts or Peggy Daugherty
Phone: (330) 264-1590

The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) has a website at: that provides information to support families with children with bipolar. Fact sheets, newsletters, chat rooms, physician locators, and a support group directory for each state are also provided on this site. helps people find others who share their interest or cause (like bipolar disorder), get involved on-line and locally, and form lasting, influential, local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face. You may view a list of cities and states where meetings occur on their website (at

If you have questions regarding bipolar disorder or are having trouble finding a support group in your area, you can contact the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for publications or other help at the NIMH Information Center at 1-866-615-6464 or at

National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all.phpects of mental health and mental illness. NMHA has more than 340 affiliates nationwide. To find help and/or a support group in your community, contact NMHA by internet at: or by phone at: 1-800-969-NMHA (6642).

UNITED WAY (Information and Referral): Dial 211 for information about support groups and services in Ohio.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
has a state organization in all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. There are also more than 1,200 local affiliates spanning all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Your State NAMI
State: Ohio
State Affiliate: NAMI Ohio
Address: 747 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Primary Phone: (614)224-2700
Alternate Phone: (800)686-2646
Fax: (614)224-5400
Email Address:
President: Jim Mauro
Executive Director: Terry Russell

Or: 1-800-273-TALK(1-800-273-8255)

If you are in a crisis please call:
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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