Resources to Start Difficult Conversations about Culture and Race

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

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 LGBTQIA+.


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



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Tips for Self-Care for Black Families

Racism places a tremendous burden on all Americans, but especially Black Americans who are disproportionately affected by unequal systems in our society. For adults and especially children, it is important to find ways to cope with this burden.

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Obstacles Latinx Children Face and How to Help

Latinx children show higher rates of mental illness and suicidal thoughts than other children their age. On Our Sleeves helps you understand why they are more likely to be impacted and how parents and caregivers can help.

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How to Teach Kids About Microaggressions

On Our Sleeves has tips for parents and teachers to teach kids about microaggressions; every day subtle, intentional or unintentional interactions or behaviors that communicate some sort of bias toward historically marginalized groups.

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Kids and Race-Related Violence

Learn how your children might respond to these events based on their age group as well as the best ways to offer support and guidance.

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Teaching Kids About Gender Pronouns

If your child is curious about pronouns or asks you to use different pronouns for them, here are tips on what pronouns are, why they matter, and how you can be inclusive in using and respecting pronouns.

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How to Talk to Kids About Gender Identity

Our behavioral health experts can help you become familiar with LGBTQIA+ topics and terminology so you can support and start conversations with kids.

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LGBTQIA+ Community Mental Health Concerns

Learn the ways you can help can make a positive difference on LGBTQIA+ youth and their mental health.

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How to Find a Culturally Informed Therapist

If you are BIPOC or LGBTQIA+, it may be hard to find a therapist who identifies in the same way as you or your child. We have some tips to help you find a culturally informed therapist for your child.

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BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ 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.

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BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ 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.


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.