Over one in five teenagers in the U.S. have had a mental health disorder that caused severe impairment in their ability to function. Suicide has become the second leading cause of death in youth ages 10 – 19 years and the rate of youth suicide has increased by 58 percent in the past decade. Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in adolescents.
We need to end stigmas and misconceptions about mental and behavioral health. And you can play an important role in that.
Here are some ways you can get involved and advocate for children’s mental health.
- Pick your favorite icon from the On Our Sleeves Icon Collection. Our On Our Sleeves icon collection visualizes what you may see if you could know what’s on a child’s mind.
- Sign up for advocacy updates with the On Our Sleeves newsletter.
- Join us in person to advocate for children’s mental health at one of our On Our Sleeves events.
- Connect others who might be interested in learning more about On Our Sleeves with our digital toolkit.
- Write on our interactive mural and share with us how you’re advocating for children’s mental health.
- Share what On Our Sleeves means to you on social media using #OnOurSleeves.
- Donate to behavioral health research, an often overlooked and vastly underfunded component of children's health.