Our Story

A national crisis has been hiding in plain sight. Children's mental health has been one of the least talked about issues in pediatrics — until now.

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 give this cause a voice. 

Because children don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, together we must break stigmas and educate families and advocates about children’s mental health. Our mission is to provide every family in America access to free, evidenced-informed educational resources, powered by the  experts from Nationwide Children’s and our collaborating partners. We support access by connecting families to trusted local resources – because no family should struggle alone.

Since launching on World Mental Health Day 2018, we have reached more than 2 million people with free educational resources to start conversations, educate families, and boost mental health and wellness. Read more about our impact.


A National Movement

Now, backed by the voices and actions of leading corporations, youth-serving, parent-serving and health care organizations and individual champions who have come together to form the On Our Sleeves Alliance, we continue to strengthen the mission and work to make sure every family has access to these valuable resources to help empower their children.

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On Our Sleeves
is also a proud member of the Mental Health Coalition.

Interested in making an impact on children’s mental health? Join us.

Accelerating Hope

In addition to advocacy and education, On Our Sleeves aims to accelerate behavioral health research. Across America, children’s mental health is an often overlooked and vastly underfunded component of pediatric health. With support from On Our Sleeves, the researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and our partner organizations, are working to understand the most effective treatment for behavioral health conditions, develop targeted prevention efforts and expand clinical access. Research findings will be shared to improve care and develop more effective prevention strategies for children everywhere.