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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Crisis Text Line

An organization that provides support to people through text
Text START to 741-741 

community mobile crisis team

Mobile clinical team trained to respond to mental health emergencies in the community. Available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-midnight and Saturday/Sunday noon-8:30 p.m.
Call Psychiatric Emergency Services during after hours
(513) 584-8577

cincinnati children's drug and poison intake

24-hour hotline for poison, drug, and overdose information
(513) 636-5111

mental health access point

Provides mental health assessments, medication management, crisis intervention, connections to mental health professionals, and a 24-hour hotline
311 Albert Sabin Way, Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 558-8888

lindner center of hope

4075 Old Western Row Rd., Mason, OH 45040
(513) 536-HOPE (4673)

ohio department of jobs and family services

24-hour reporting line for abuse and/or neglect of children. Callers are directly linked with child welfare/law enforcement offices in their respective county. Reports can be anonymous.
855-O-H-CHILD (855-642-4453)

talbert house crisis care center

A 24-hour crisis intervention service for those experiencing suicidal or emotional crisis, relationship conflicts, grief/loss, or any other personal emergency
(513) 281-CARE (2273)
Text TALBERT to 839863

children's mobile crisis team (children only)

234 Goodman Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219
(513) 558-8888

Cincinnati children's - psychiatric intake

3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 636-4124

lighthouse youth & family services (runaway shelter)

401 E. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45206
(513) 221-3350

disaster distress helpline

24/7 hotline providing information and crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress after any natural or human-caused disaster
Text TalkWithUs to 66746

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Disaster distress helpline

24/7 hotline providing information and crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress after any natural or human-caused disaster
Text TalkWithUs to 66746

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The Center For Healing The Hurt exists to assure provisions of and access to mental health services for economically disadvantaged people of color and victims of crime/trauma.  Services include mental health and behavioral health counseling; Trauma-Informed Care training; community engagement; therapy and support. The goal is to strengthen the community infrastructure and capacity to address trauma and crime victimization.  The Center For Healing The Hurt (CFHTH) will help the individual clients and families overcome hurt and pain for the trauma they have experienced so that the individuals and families have better mental health over their life span. The individual children will display fewer outbursts in school and at home after they have received services. The families will have higher levels of resiliency. They will develop these through the utilization of different strategies they will be taught for self-regulation.  These strategies will help decrease the impact of trauma on their mental, behavioral and social development.  The community will see a decrease in trauma and violence because those people who receive services from CFHTH are more likely to display less traumatic responses to adverse situations.

CFHTH has grown out of my passion for working with kids. Children are our youngest survivors of crime and trauma. Those children who live in poverty or who are in disparate populations must overcome more challenges than their peers. These children battle domestic abuse, homelessness, gun violence, death, and sexual abuse on a daily basis. Most of these children are living with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cause not only by one’s life experience but the experiences of those in their family and neighborhood. My primary goal is to provide a center where these issues are addressed at an early age on a consistent basis.

Participating in a grant that did a longitudinal study of kindergarten, first and second graders, I learned about the adverse effects trauma has on small children and their families.  This grant focused on assessing the trauma the children had experienced at home and in the community.  It looked at their Adverse Childhood Experiences and assessed them for possible health problems, mental illness, and substance abuse in adulthood. The grant provided services to those children to help decrease the mental health issues that were to follow. The results showed that when children received proper mental health services for post-traumatic events and crisis situations, their behavioral and mental health improved greatly. The children’s behavior over the three-year longitudinal study showed that with proper mental health intervention at an early age, mental health disorders can be decreased. The trauma and pain that each child had experienced had been manifesting in their homes and school on a daily basis. The numerous services provided to each child decreased the impact of this trauma not only on the child but in their home and in the school environment.

Children growing up with toxic stress may have difficulty forming healthy and stable relationships. They may also have unstable work histories as adults and struggle with finances, jobs, and depression throughout life. These effects can also be passed on to their own children. Some children may face further exposure to toxic stress from historical and ongoing traumas due to systemic racism or the impacts of poverty resulting from limited educational and economic opportunities.

My mission has become to transform trauma into healing and hope. My vision is to destigmatize and eradicate Mental Illness in underserved communities. The Center for Healing the Hurt will provide services, to the children, their families, and the community to lessen the impact of the adverse traumatic experiences on all that walk through our doors.


adverse childhood Experiences (aces)

Children & Youth with 2+ Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Hamilton County, OH: 25.5%; Boone County, KY 22.7%

Nearly one-third of children in Cincinnati have 2 or more ACEs (n=20.400)

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Table 1. Local and National Level Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Items Among Children, Age 0-17 yrs.





 Neighborhood Violence

Mental Illness

Domestic Violence



Parent's Death

Multiple Factors

Adverse Child or Family Experiences (ACES) Items

Extreme economic hardship

Family disorder leading to divorce/separatoin

Has lived with someone who had an alcohol/drug problem

Has been a victim/witness of neighborhood violence

Has lived with someone was mentally ill/suicidal

Witnessed domestic violence in the home

Parent served time in jail

Treated or judged unfairly due to race/ethnicity

Death of a parent

Child experienced 1/more of above items


































About Me

The center is here to bring healing and hope to those children, adolescents, and families who have experienced trauma. The clinicians are trained in numerous areas of mental health. They focus on individual, child, family, and group therapy. They have over 30 years of combined experience. Their training includes but is not limited to crisis intervention, trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger. Dr. Thomas believes everyone can overcome trauma, receive healing and live hopeful lives.

In 2019, Dr. Thomas was honored as a People Of Color Wellness Alliance GEM and also graduated from The Cincinnati Regional Chambers Leadership Cincinnati, Class 42. She was honored as one of the YWCA’S Career Women of Achievement in 2017. She has been a Health Care Hero, selected as one of Cincinnati’s Leading Women, and an Athena Awards finalist. Dr. Thomas was honored to be in Whose Who is Black Cincinnati on numerous occasions. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a life member of the Ohio Counseling Association.

Dr. Thomas received her B.A., M.Ed. from the University of Toledo, where she was inducted into the University of Toledo’s Hall of Fame in 2006. She attended the University of Toledo on a full athletic scholarship and had a stellar career as a sprinter, traveling the world competing and receiving various honors, including MAC Athlete of the Year and NCAA Woman of the Year for Ohio. Her doctorate is from Kent State University.