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What is On Our Sleeves®?

In some way, mental illness touches everyone. You may have a family member, friend, or child who is living with a mental illness. For children, especially, the statistics are sobering.

We are in a national crisis.

1 in 5 children is living with a mental illness and 50% of lifetime mental illness presents before the age of 14. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. And because children don't wear their thoughts on their sleeves, we need to give them a voice.

It's time to have a conversation about our children, to raise our voices for this important cause.

On Our Sleeves is the national movement to break stigmas around children’s mental health. No family should struggle alone on their journey. Our mission is to provide free mental health educational resources, developed by the experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital, to every community in America to educate families and empower advocates. We also support access to services by connecting families to trusted local resources.

On Our Sleeves has created a network of support around the millions of families around the country living with mental illness by addressing the stigma associated with this diagnosis and providing the tools necessary to improve behavioral health outcomes.

In addition to advocacy and education, On Our Sleeves aims to accelerate Behavioral Health research. This research begins at Nationwide Children's. In March 2020, the hospital opened its doors to the largest freestanding facility in the nation dedicated to child and adolescent behavioral health the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion. The goal of the Pavilion is to develop a national model for pediatric mental health care and research. It is home to the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, where experts are working to better understand the causes and most effective treatment of behavioral health conditions, develop targeted prevention efforts and expand clinical access. Research findings will be freely shared to improve care for children everywhere. These discoveries will ultimately fulfill our mission and the promise of On Our Sleeves to improve outcomes for children living with mental illness. 

Learn more about On Our Sleeves.

*If you or your child need immediate help due to having suicidal thoughts, go to your local emergency room immediately, call the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting "START" to 741-741.

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