7th Annual Play Fore Melissa’s House

Monday, August 22 was a perfect late summer day for the 7th Annual Play Fore Melissa’s House Golf, Tennis & Game Day. 200 total attendees raised $150,000! As always, thanks to our army of volunteers and generous corporate sponsors who made this day possible. Thanks to all of you, we can continue to restore hope.

6th Annual Play Fore Melissa’s House Golf, Tennis & Game Day

Gorgeous weather and a new venue set the scene for The 6th Annual Play Fore Melissa’s House Golf, Tennis & Game Day outing on Monday, August 24, 2015. A record number of golfers joined our gamers and for the first time 17 tennis players to enjoy the day at Columbus Country Club. The event also marked the debut of Melissa’s House new video. We are presently still tallying up the numbers, but we are confident it was another record year for our signature fundraiser.  A huge thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and of course all the participants who turn out year after year. None of this is possible without your support. Please check out the photos on our Facebook page.

Call Me Crazy: Melissa’s House Partners with Bexley Schools

Melissa’s House is pleased to partner with the Bexley City Schools to present a screening of “Call Me Crazy” followed by an honest, open discussion about mental illness and what we as a community can do to encourage mental health and stop the stigma so often associated with mental illness. The program is free and open to the public.
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Place: Cassingham Elementary School Theater, Bexley Schools Complex
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
For More Details, please visit the Event Facebook Page.

2014 Golf & Game Day Wrap Up

The 5th annual Play Fore Melissa’s House Golf and Game Day was held on September 19, 2014 at Winding Hollow Golf Club in New Albany. Our signature fundraiser drew 81 gamers and 84 golfers, that’s greater participation than ever before. 30 volunteers were on hand as well to ensure the day went smoothly. We are proud to report that more than $111,000 was raised. A heartfelt thank you to all who participated!

Thanks To Melissa’s House 2014 Cap City Team

What a day to remember! On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the 70+ members of the Melissa’s House Cap City half marathon team joined more than 14,500 participants for The Capital City Half Marathon. As an official race charity, the marathon made a donation on behalf of each of our team members. More importantly, hundreds of race participants and their friends and family learned about Melissa’s House, many for the very first time!

Be sure to check out our race day photo album on Facebook. Tag yourself and share it too. And if you haven’t liked the Melissa’s House Facebook page, please do!

Melissa’s House Founders Receive Award

Mental Health America of Franklin County has awarded Elaine and Nate Goldberg the 2013 Norman Guitry Award for exceptional leadership in promoting health in our community. The award was presented recently at the MHA’s 57th annual celebration Holiday Magic. Congratulations Elaine and Nate!

“Living and Loving With Mental Illness” Makes Meaningful Impact on Audience

More than 100 people attended the November 4 program “Living & Loving with Mental Illness” at the Gateway Film Center. The program featured the Lifetime original movie “Call Me Crazy” produced by actress Jennifer Aniston and a panel discussion. The post event feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with comments such as the following:

“Loved the format of the movie and then the panel discussion-the moderator and panelists did a great job of informing and encouraging the attendees. Awesome. “

“This presentation was emotionally moving and gave me a different perspective on just how tough it is to not only have an illness but not to be accepted by people because of it. “

The inaugural outreach event was intended to improve the public ‘s understanding of mental illness and to offer insight and support to those who are living with mental illness. Panelists included Billy Goldberg, Jeff Knupp and Marti Beltz. Both Goldberg and Knupp lived with siblings who suffered from mental illness, while Beltz is a psychologist with expertise in the field. Laura Moskow Sigal, the executive director of Mental Health America of Franklin County served as moderator.

The event provoked a good deal of emotion. In a Q &A session several audience members revealed their own experiences with mental illness. One tearful woman spoke of a son, who suffered a psychotic break while at college and now spends his days playing video games in her basement. A diagnosis has not come easily. An OSU student stood and bravely revealed to all present that she is bi-polar and that it is possible to maintain a life of normalcy. Toward the end of the program an attendee talked honestly about her incarceration, and the problem of mental illness behind bars.

Audience members left with resources to turn to if they need support or know someone who does. A number of those attending have reached out personally to Melissa’s House, expressing their interest in getting involved in future programming, particularly on campus.

View event photos here. To learn more about Melissa’s House, please visit