On Our Sleeves Advocacy Toolkit

How can you help support the movement to transform children's mental health?

We've put together an On Our Sleeves advocacy toolkit just for you. Below, find behavioral health statistics to share, sample social media posts you can use and much more.

10 Ways to be an Advocate

Want to be an advocate for children's mental health, but you're not sure how? Gina, our On Our Sleeves YouTube channel host, and behavioral health expert at Nationwide Children's Hospital, has 10 ways you can accomplish your advocacy goals. 

Advocating for children's mental health is not just for parents and caregivers. Here are some additional things you can do:

  1. Be a mentor and a role model, acknowledge and show interest in kids around you.
  2. Help make your neighborhood safe, look out for others.
  3. Acknowledge and show interest in kids around you.
  4. Support family and child promoting policy at your work and in the community.
  5. Be an advocate for kids!

Share the Facts. Let Others be Heard.

The behavioral health experts at Nationwide Children's have compiled guidelines and infographics for use in your advocacy of mental health issues among youths.

50% of all lifetime mental illnesses start by age 14*

*National Institute of Mental Health

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1 in 5 children has a significantly impairing mental disorder; yet less than half get the treatment they need*

*National Institute of Mental Health

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among persons aged 15 to 25 years*

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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One child psychiatrist is available for every 15,000 youths under 18*

*National Institute of Mental Health

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Suicide rates in youth...

"Basically, it's 9/11 happening ever 18 months."
- John Ackerman, PhD, Center for Suicide Prevention & Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Talking About Mental Health

Need some help crafting your advocacy messages for your social media channels?  Get Gina's expert advice on Do's and Don'ts when talking about mental health. 

It can be hard to know the right thing to say when talking about mental illness. Learn about words you should avoid and how to use the correct language to help break stigmas.

Share the Movement. Create Your Own.

Share an image. Tell others how you're advocating. On Our Sleeves has a digital toolkit just for you to do so. 

Giphy Stickers

On your Instagram stories, incorporate On Our Sleeves into your advocacy with our giphy stickers. Created along with our icon collection, you can share your "thoughts" or the #OnOurSleeves hashtag on your story.  Don't forget to tag our account, @nationwidekids, so we can re-share your advocacy!

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Facebook Cover

Update your Facebook cover photo with your support of On Our Sleeves. Save the image below to upload to Facebook.

On Our Sleeves Imagery

Facebook Posts

Use these images to start conversations about children's mental health with your Facebook friends and followers. Don't forget to tag our Facebook page and use #OnOurSleeves so we can add you to our On Our Sleeves gallery!

On Our Sleeves Facebook Post

On Our Sleeves Facebook Post

Twitter Posts

Use these images to encourage others to break stigmas and join the movement on Twitter. Don't forget to tag our Twitter account (@nationwidekids) and use #OnOurSleeves so we an add you to the On Our Sleeves gallery!

On Our Sleeves Twitter Post

On Our Sleeves Imagery

Share Your Vote.

I vote for kids

The one thing the On Our Sleeves community has in common is our dedication to best health outcomes for kids.

Every day, including Election Day, you can join us in visually displaying support for the children in our lives.

Tap or click to save this image and share as your social profile picture, or click one of the links below to share with your message.

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Use the sample post below: 

Because we don’t wear our thoughts on our sleeves, stand with @NationwideChildrensHospital and their #OnOurSleeves campaign to help transform children’s mental health. Visit bit.ly/2DyMT5X to join the movement.

Use the sample post below:

Because we don’t wear our thoughts on our sleeves, let's stand with @NationwideKids and their #OnOurSleeves campaign to help transform children’s mental health. Visit bit.ly/2xDTlU2 to join the movement.

We encourage you to share your favorite of the On Our Sleeves Icon Collection on your social media accounts. 

If you would like to share any of our On Our Sleeves kids images, right click or tap on an image below to save it and upload to your social channel of choice. 

On Our Sleeves

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Corporate Social Accounts

Want to share with your business's followers the movement to transform children's mental health?  

The easiest way to support the On Our Sleeves campaign on social media is to amplify messaging from Nationwide Children's social accounts with your corporation's accounts. 

Additionally, if you would like to contribute outside of amplification, below is a sample message that you can share on your corporate social media channels: 

Because we don’t wear our thoughts on our sleeves, we stand with @NationwideKids and their #OnOurSleeves campaign to help transform children’s mental health. Visit OnOurSleeves.org to join the movement.

Share With Your Employees

Are you interested in sharing On Our Sleeves with your organization? Below is a sample internal email or employee intranet post that you can modify and share.

One in five children is living with a mental illness. Because kids don't wear their thoughts on their sleeves, we don't know what they might be going through.

It’s time to have an important local and national conversation about children’s mental health. It’s time to raise our voices for this important cause.

We are excited to support Nationwide Children’s Hospital's On Our Sleeves campaign, an empowering movement for children’s mental health. This effort emphasizes the need to break stigmas about mental illness in children, provides critical education and resources for families and raises vitally needed funds to accelerate mental health research discoveries.

Join us in supporting the movement to transform children’s mental health.

Follow Nationwide Children’s Hospital on social media and reshare our #OnOurSleeves posts on your personal channels.