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One in 5 children is living with a mental illness. But kids don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, so it’s time to give them a voice. This channel is dedicated to that exact cause. Our behavioral health expert, Gina McDowell is here to help you and your child navigate the storm of mental illness. We’ll provide the most up-to-date, relevant information regarding children’s mental health. Look for tools, resources and advice as you continue your journey to wellness. And please like our channel and subscribe for new content posted every other Tuesday.

Video Chat with Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein is an actress, author and entrepreneur. Most known as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Ashley is also the Founder of Her Universe - the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand. Ashley shares her personal mental health story as part of her larger advocacy platform and frequently shares On Our Sleeves on her “Mental Health Mondays” to her legion of fans online. Watch her interview with Dr. Parker Huston as we navigate through these uncertain times together.

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10 Questions to Ask Your Kids at the Dinner Table

If you’re struggling to get the conversation started, here are some questions to help open the dialogue at the dinner table.

10 Ways to Advocate

10 Ways to be an Advocate

If you are interested in continuing your mental health advocacy and creating awareness in your community, follow Gina McDowell's 10 tips.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Child's Confidence

Learn some ways to help boost your child's confidence when they're feeling down from the On Our Sleeves experts.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child When They're Feeling Anxious

Here are a few simple ways you can provide your child with some support during those harder moments.

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8 Signs of Stress to Look for in Your Child

Everyone is impacted by stress, including our kids. We've put together a list of symptoms to look for, and if you start seeing several of these signs, it may be time to step in and have a conversation with your child.

Answering Questions About Your Hospital Stay

Answering Questions About Your Child's Hospital Stay

Answering questions about your child's hospital stay can cause stress and anxiety. But, it doesn't have to if you follow some simple tips.

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Answering Questions About Your Child's Hospital Stay

Answering questions about your child's hospital stay can cause stress and anxiety. But, it doesn't have to if you follow some simple tips

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Video Chat with Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein is an actress, author and entrepreneur. Watch her interview with Dr. Parker Huston as we navigate through these uncertain times together.

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Benefits of Forming Bonds: 5 Questions to Ask Your Loved Ones

Now more than ever it’s so important to form bonds with your loved ones. Here are 5 questions to get the conversation started.

Minority Mental Health Awareness

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

Hear from LeAnna Cooper, LISW, Big Lots Behavioral Health Services, to learn more about factors that drive health inequities associated with social, economic and environmental disadvantages.

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

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.

Child Abuse Awareness: Know the 3 R's

Child Abuse Awareness: Know the 3 R's

Learn how you can help protect children against abuse by using the 3 R's.

Dealing with Family Loss Around the Holidays

Dealing With Family Loss Around the Holidays

Here are a few tips that can help parents navigate the holidays with their family when dealing with loss.

Giving Back

Does Giving Back Help Our Kids During the Holidays?

Learn what you can do to make sure everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

Dos and Donts When Talking Mental Health

Do's and Don'ts When Talking About Mental Health

Learn about words you should avoid and how to use the correct language to help break stigmas.

Eating Disorder Awareness

Eating Disorder Awareness: 3 Things You Should Know

Our experts have three things you should know regarding eating disorders.

How Parents Can Compare to Back to School Time

How Parents Can Prepare for Back to School Time

Follow our three simple steps to a successful start to the school year.

How to be an Advocate

How to Be an Advocate

Learn more about this role and steps you can take to achieve it.

How to Deal with a Broken Heart

How to Deal with a Broken Heart

Check out our four ways to help ease the process.

How to get mentally fit

How to Get Mentally Fit

Learn three things you can do to keep your brain in shape for 2019 and beyond!

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How to Prepare Your Child for an Abnormal School Year

Our kids experienced a huge disruption to their routine at the end of last school year, and it’s highly likely that many things will be different once they return. It’s impossible to prepare them for every detail going in to the new year, but there are steps you can take to ease some of the anxiety about going back.

How to Search for Behavioral Health Information Online

How to Search for Behavioral Health Information Online

How do you find behavioral health information? Our experts gave us a list of good websites you can use to find information about mental health.

How to Start a Convo

How to Start the Convo

Learn a few, simple tips for starting this needed conversation with your kids.

Talking to Your Children About Race and Racism

How to Talk to Your Children About Racism

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

Insights from an Autism Parent

Insights from an Autism Parent

We sat down with a parent of an autistic child to learn more about ASD and how you can be an advocate for these children and their families.

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Keeping Your Child Mentally Fit for Summer

Here are some tips to help find a balance for kids over the summer.

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolution: I'm Going to Stop Saying...

Ways you can resolve this new year to stop saying words that shine a negative light on mental illness.

Signs Your Child May Need Therapy

Signs Your Child May Need Therapy

Gina McDowell gives us the obvious and not so obvious signs a child may need therapy.

Stress and Self Care

Stress and Self-Care

Behavioral health expert, Gina McDowell has 3 tips for incorporating self-care into your routine to combat stress.

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The Importance of Community Support in Raising Children

Presence of support outside your home can be extremely beneficial to your child and family as a whole. Here are a few reasons why.

Tools You Can Use as You Wait to See a Therapist

Tools You Can Use as You Wait to See a Therapist

We know that waitlists for services can sometimes be long. Here are a few things you may be able to do in the meantime.

Transitioning from Child to Audlt Care

Transitioning from Child to Adult Care

This switch can definitely be hard, but we have 5 tips for you to make the change go as smoothly as possible

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What to Expect at Counseling

Here are a few things to expect at your first time at counseling.

Why a Good Nights Sleep is Important

Why a Good Night's Sleep is Important

Find out how to make sure everyone in your house is getting the rest they need.

Your Child's Use of the Internet

Your Child's Use of the Internet

Screen times is defined as any time spent on an electronic device. Learn about the pros and cons of kids spending time with these devices.