The first step to becoming an advocate for a child who is struggling or who may be struggling with a mental illness is to become educated about the topic. On Our Sleeves provides resources from the experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to learn more about a variety of mental health conditions and other concerns.
How Do We Define a Mental Illness?
Mental illness falls under the umbrella of “behavioral health.”
Behavioral health is the study and treatment of mental illness, disorders of brain development and behaviors that affect emotional, psychological and physical wellness.
For example, behavioral health disorders might include psychiatric disorders and mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual development disorders; substance abuse and addiction; suicidal thoughts and behaviors; and reactions to trauma, stress or physical illness.
Click any one of the mental health conditions below to learn more.