What is On Our SleevesTM?

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What is On Our SleevesTM?

In one way or another, mental health disorders affect everyone. You may have a family member, friend or child who is living with a mental illness. For children, especially, the statistics are sobering.

One in five children is living with a mental illness, and 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses start by age 14.

We are in a national crisis.

We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. Yet across America, children’s mental health is an often overlooked and vastly underfunded component of pediatric health. Further troubling, only one child psychiatrist is available for every 15,000 youths younger than 18. The lack of health care resources and funding only complicate and hinder efforts to make significant changes that would benefit our youth during these critically important formative years.

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

The On Our Sleeves movement, launched on World Mental Health Day 2018, is on a national mission to break the silence surrounding children’s mental health. Because children don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, we need to give them a voice. Our mission is to provide every community in America access to free, evidenced-based educational resources necessary for breaking stigmas about child mental health and educating families and advocates.

All resources have been developed with the behavioral health experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Working with one of America’s leading voices in pediatric mental health, we are providing access to trusted resources so that no child or family struggles alone.

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 of suicide in order to prevent it. Our researchers at Nationwide Children’s are working to understand the most effective treatment of behavioral health conditions, develop targeted prevention efforts and expand clinical access. Research findings will be shared to improve care for children everywhere. These discoveries will ultimately fulfill the promise of On Our Sleeves that together, we will save children’s lives.

Join us in this empowering movement for children’s mental health.

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