Mom of a Behavioral Health Patient Finds a Stress-Free Zone in Our Ronald McDonald Family Room & Ronald McDonald House

Betsy Akeman of Marietta, Ohio brought her son to the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus after his mental health concerns couldn’t be addressed by healthcare professionals in her local area along the Ohio River. At the BHP, she found the help her son needed, and found our Ronald McDonald Family Room a perfect place to take a break while her son was getting the care he needed. Because she and her son lived so far away, she was also relieved to find out that she could stay at the Ronald McDonald House knowing her son’s inpatient care would take weeks. Click here to watch her chat with us in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the BHP.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, of course, Mother’s Day is May 14. If you would like to help us support mothers, fathers, brothers, & sisters who get to take a break in our Ronald McDonald Family Room at the BHP while a family member gets the care they need, you can now donate to the Kennedy Behavioral Health Fund. Created by RMHC Board Member, John Kennedy, this initiative is vital to behavioral health initiatives supported by RMHC of Central Ohio and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion. You can learn more about the Ronald McDonald Family Room program here. To support our room at the BHP, click here.

If you are near the Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, swing by the front of the House for our May the 4th Be With You celebration of Star Wars Day. To support families with children fighting “the dark side of the force” at NCH, we’ll have Lucas Films LTD approved characters from Galaxy United for photo opportunities as they visit food trucks which will be donating a portion of sales to help families stay near their kids getting behavioral health treatment at NCH . You’ll find The Galaxy Coffee car with Biscuit Boss parked in front of the House from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Then, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Greek food truck Zaki Grill will be offering up lunch items and Graeter’s Ice Cream will be serving out-of-this-world sweet treats!

Thank you for your support.