Big Lots is BIG on transforming children’s mental health and breaking the stigmas that often come with it. That’s why Big Lots supports the On Our Sleeves® movement to transform children’s mental health.
You can donate online or in any Big Lots store through October 25 and be part of the Big move to create a brighter future for our next generation.
Each dollar raised supports providing every community in America access to FREE educational resources for parents and families to promote mental wellness and break stigmas.
Mental Wellness Resources for You
As part of Big Lots' commitment to breaking stigmas around children's mental health, On Our Sleeves has created mental health resources for you and your family.
Whether you’re in-person, using a hybrid approach, learning online or being home schooled, we’ve got resources for you to maintain a positive outlook and take on this school year with confidence.
Take the Kindness Challenge
Exercising and eating healthy can do a body good. But so can practicing kindness. Practicing kindness is beneficial for our own mental health and wellbeing.
September 1 - October 10, 2020
The Butterfly Run, presented by Big Lots, is a virtual community fitness event to grow awareness, break stigmas, and raise funds for the On Our Sleeves movement in support of lifesaving pediatric behavioral health research at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Complete your 5k run or walk anytime between September 1 - October 10 while fundraising along the way.
Big Lots Foundation's Transformational Gift
In March of 2020, the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion on the campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital opened its doors. At nine stories tall, it is America’s largest and most comprehensive center dedicated exclusively to child and adolescent behavioral and mental health on a pediatric medical campus.
The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion and Big Lots Behavioral Health services are named in honor of a transformational $50 million gift from Big Lots and Big Lots Foundation – one of the largest corporate donations ever specifically devoted to a pediatric and adolescent behavioral health program. The Pavilion stands as an extension of Big Lots’ commitment to the lifesaving treatment and discovery happening at Nationwide Children’s.
Big Lots Behavioral Health Scholarship
Meet Susanne Nyaga, a graduate student at Howard University, and the 2020 recipient of the Big Lots Behavioral Health Scholarship. Susanne is currently earning her master’s degree in social work at Howard University and is expected to graduate this December.
While maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, Susanne serves as the Parliamentarian of the Howard University School of Social Work Student Council Association and is in the process of helping to re-write the Association’s constitution.
Susanne completed her undergraduate studies in social work at Ryerson University in her hometown of Toronto, Ontario. There she became the first Black woman to hold the title of president of the Ryerson Students’ Union. Nyaga oversaw a $7 million operating budget, 11 full-time staff and 50 part-time staff.
Susanne also was the president of the United Black Students in Canada. In this role, she helped plan the National Conference for Black Students in Canada, which is the largest Black student conference in the country.
Susanne hopes to open a not-for-profit in Toronto that will provide educational support, including before-and-after-school programming, for school-aged children, at no cost. Additionally, she seeks to provide a range of affordable or free services to parents, such as mental-health counseling, pro-bono legal support and adult educational programs.