What is On Our SleevesTM?

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What is On Our SleevesTM?

In some way, mental illness touches everyone. You may have a family member, friend or child who is living with a mental illness. For children, especially, the statistics are sobering.

One in five children is living with a mental illness, and 50 percent of all lifetime mental illnesses start by age 14.

We are in a national crisis.

We believe in caring for the whole child - that mental health is just as important as physical health. Yet across America, children’s mental health is an often overlooked and vastly underfunded component of pediatric health. Further troubling, only one child psychiatrist is available for every 15,000 youths younger than 18.  Lack of healthcare resources and funding only complicate and hinder efforts to make significant changes that impact our youth during these critically important formative years.

It’s time to have a conversation about our children, to raise our voices for this important cause.

The On Our Sleeves movement, launched on World Mental Health Day 2018, is on a national mission to break the silence surrounding children’s mental health.  With free on-line content and resources, On Our Sleeves is offering hope to families navigating mental health issues in their own lives. There are also conversation starters and tips for friends, families and co-workers who want support children living with mental illness. 

All content and resources have been developed with the mental health experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Working with one of America’s leading voices in pediatric mental health, we are determined to offer hope. On Our Sleeves has created a network of support around the millions of families around the country living with mental illness by addressing the stigma associated with this diagnosis and providing the tools necessary to improve behavioral health outcomes.

In addition to advocacy and education, On Our Sleeves supports accelerating Behavioral Health research with a focus on Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which operates the nation’s largest program for child and adolescent behavioral health. In March, 2020, Nationwide Children’s will dedicate the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion with the goal of developing a national model for pediatric mental health care and research.  The experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will expand clinical access for families, develop targeted prevention efforts and initiate research to better understand the causes and most effective treatment of behavioral health conditions. Learnings gained from the clinicians and scientists at Nationwide Children’s will be freely shared to improve care for children everywhere. These discoveries will ultimately fulfill our mission and the promise of On Our Sleeves to improve outcomes for children living with mental illness.

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