Resources to Start Difficult Conversations about Culture and Race

Together we can support those who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color or LGBTQ+ — because no one should feel shame or stigma when discussing their child’s mental health.

Minority Mental Health

Every day in the news we see headlines around mental health, including the increased rate of suicide, depression, and more.

On Our Sleeves provides information from the experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to learn more about mental health conditions and support anyone dealing with a mental health concern.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or need to talk, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. If you prefer to text, you can text "START" to 741-741 where a live, trained specialist will respond back to you.


Since the beginning of On Our Sleeves we’ve talked about how important it is to break the stigma around childhood mental health. That stigma can be especially difficult to overcome for people who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC), have children who are BIPOC or who identify as LGBTQ+.

We know, now more than ever,
this is an important conversation to have.
And one we need to continue.



Caring for Children After Exposure to Race-Related Violence in the Media

Exposure to violent events can be traumatic and can negatively impact a child’s development, academic functioning, coping skills and relationships. Kids are being exposed to violence at a much higher rate, not only within their communities but also through technology.

On Our Sleeves arms

How to Talk to Your Children About Racism

Dr. Ariana Hoet, a child psychologist in Big Lots Behavioral Health Services, offers advice on how parents can involve the entire family in the discussion about race and racism.

On Our Sleeves arms

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: Tips for Family Members

No matter where children are in their development, parents can create a supportive environment for a child who comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or who questions their sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQ+).


Is LGBT Community at Higher Risk for Mental Health Concerns?

A supportive family, community and school system make the biggest difference on LGBTQ youth and their mental health.


Books and Media

Our Behavioral Health team selected these books, videos and movies to help you spend quality time with your children and get the conversation started.

Advocacy Resources

These resources help you to be an ally for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other minority communities.

Mother holding both her daughter's hands 

Conversation Starters

How do you start conversations to check in with friends and family whose mental health may be suffering because of world events? The most important thing you can do is speak from the heart. Find a private, quiet time when you can provide your full attention to check in with other parents.

Start Conversations

July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

We know that mental health concerns do not discriminate - mental health affects all races, identities and genders. Help On Our Sleeves to start conversations by sharing the infographics below - because no one should feel shame or stigma when discussing their child's mental health.

Get more Resources. Join On Our Sleeves.

Sign up for free educational tools and resources, advocacy ideas to raise awareness and break stigmas for children's mental health, and more.

* indicates required