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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 disorder. Because children don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, it's time to give them a voice.

We are in a national crisis.

1 in 5 children are living with a significant mental health concern and half of all lifetime mental health concerns start by age 14. Children don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, and we need to give them a voice. 

On Our Sleeves, powered by behavioral health experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, aims to provide every community in America with free resources necessary for breaking child mental health stigmas and educating families and advocates, because no child or family should struggle alone.

Since the inception of On Our Sleeves in 2018, more than 3 million people in every state across America have interacted with the movement’s free pediatric mental health educational resources at OnOurSleeves.org and educator curriculums have reached more than four of five classrooms across the United States.

Every dollar raised for the On Our Sleeves 5K supports our mission.

With the creation of On Our Sleeves, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, America’s largest network of pediatric behavioral health treatment providers and researchers and home to the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, is determined to break mental health stigmas give this cause a voice. 

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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