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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. 

The mission of On Our Sleeves is to provide every family in America access to free, evidence-informed educational resources to break stigmas and educate children, parents, and family members about children’s mental health.

Every dollar raised helps us create and provide these valuable resources. Gifts fund educational content, lesson plans for schools, and activities for families, schools, and organizations.

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.

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, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or text the Crisis Text Line by texting "START" to 741-741. If there is an immediate safety concern, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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