A sad face is one of the most recognizable signs of sadness or loss, disappointment or feeling bummed out. But for some, it can represent a far more complex range of emotions.
By providing kids with the support and tools they need, we can help ensure all kids feel the hope and the uplifting spirit of a rainbow.
A letter is a thoughtful investment in someone’s time and feelings. In today’s hyper connected world, it’s an opportunity to slow down and embrace how words never seem to carry the same meaning as they do on paper.
What fills a heart is unique to each person, whether it’s love, family, friendships, learning or giving back in some way, we all find purpose in different things.
The happy face is one of the most recognizable signs of pure joy, often representing feelings of happiness, satisfaction, well wishes and humor.
Every morning when an alarm clock goes off, it’s the start of a new day.
Sometimes we just want to be heard. To know someone is on the other line, listening. A phone call is a way to show support, to nurture, to reach out.
For some, question mark means a feeling of confusion or a fear of the unknown. For others, a question mark means a sense of curiosity, or looking for a way to help — to give others the hope they need to move forward and start a conversation so that each question asked can find an answer.
A symbol of several significant moments in history, and still significant today, the peace sign means many things: calmness, grounded, or rational thinking.
Warmness, radiance, happiness. Sunshine can be awakening, directional and a blanket of warmth.
What does a wilted flower mean to you? The bowed shape of the flower is telling … a shape that emotes shyness … nervousness. I don’t want you to see me. Maybe you don’t want to be called on in class or in a group setting. You want to hide from the rest of the world.
The exclamation point can mean excitement, surprise or an intense level of happiness for some. But an exclamation point also can have a negative meaning for others.
Radiant and pretty, the flower is often a sign of happiness.
A star is a beacon of hope - a shining light that guides the way. It’s a symbol of positivity, happiness, renewal.
Every day, students get out their pencils to start their school day. The snap of a pencil carries so much meaning - anger, frustration, anxiety.
The sight of approaching dark and ominous storm clouds may bring worry and fear of the unexpected.
We need to end stigmas and misconceptions about mental and behavioral health. And you can play an important role in that.
Kids don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves. But what if they did? What if you could see what they are thinking? And feeling? To know what’s really going on in their lives, in their hearts and in their minds? If kids could wear their thoughts on their sleeves, what would they look
Just as a butterfly symbolizes our unlimited potential through the support and love we give to one another, it reminds us that our hope can be bigger than our fears.
Whether it’s your own broken heart or the broken heart of someone you love, feelings of loss can be overwhelming.
For some, the anchor means hope… calm… stability. On the flip side, the anchor can be seen in a negative light.
Children’s mental health is an often overlooked and vastly underfunded component of children’s health. It’s time to give hope to every family living with mental illness.
Join us in this empowering movement for children’s mental health.
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Mental health plays such an important role in our overall health and wellbeing. If someone you care about is having issues with their behavioral or mental health, you may not be sure how to help them.
Because mental health touches everything and because it is just as important as physical health, we incorporate research about behavioral health and care across our entire health system.
Children spend more than 1,000 hours in school each year. As teachers, coaches and school administrators, you know that mental well-being plays an important part in a child’s academic success.
Linda Farrell, a visual arts teacher at Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls (CCPSG), combined the message of the importance of mental health and the icons from On Our Sleeves into an art lesson on Pablo Picasso’s “Blue Period” for her classroom.
Share these wellness tips with yours students to help them manage their mental health during the school day.
Our team of behavioral health experts continually shares their best practices to providers in the community.
Pediatricians are in an optimal position to see early warning signs and recommend treatment.
An estimated 20 percent of children struggle with mental health illness. As awareness grows, the call for primary care physicians to play a leading role in care grows louder.
A primary care provider’s ability to identify and treat symptoms associated with trauma can increase positive outcomes for patients and families.
Pediatric primary care systems can address mental and emotional health outcomes of juvenile justice involvement before, during and after an event.
As increasing numbers of pediatric patients require behavioral health care, primary care providers look to integrate behavioral health providers in their practice.
Experts say open conversations with kids about suicide could save lives.
Long wait times and difficulties accessing behavioral health services cause stress for many patients and families.
We've all set New Year's resolutions that deal with our physical health, but have you ever set a resolution to help your mental health? Keeping our brain in shape is just as important as physical fitness.
Mental Health Challenge Day 1: Over dinner, talk about 3 things you are grateful for.
Mental Health Challenge Day 2: Take a walk.
Mental Health Challenge Day 3: Send an email/message to someone you love.
Mental Health Challenge Day 4: Allow yourself to be present in the moment.
Mental Health Challenge Day 5: Plan a family activity night, like game night or movie night.
Mental Health Challenge Day 6: This morning, talk about what you are most excited for today.
Mental Health Challenge Day 7: Donate to or volunteer at an organization.
Mental Health Challenge Day 8: Draw a photo of someone or something you are grateful for.
Mental Health Challenge Day 9: Make a list of 3 things you want to do this year.
Mental Health Challenge Day 10: Sing a song together.
Mental Health Challenge Day 11: Limit screen time today.
Mental Health Challenge Day 12: Read a book.
Mental Health Challenge Day 13: Make dinner together.
Mental Health Challenge Day 14: Smile and say hello to every person you see today.
Mental Health Challenge Day 15: Focus on the positive. Try not to complain about anything today.
Mental Health Challenge Day 16: Ask your kids to share one thing they like about themselves and why.
Mental Health Challenge Day 17: Write down one thing you want to get done this weekend−and do it.
Mental Health Challenge Day 18: Do one random act of kindness today.
Mental Health Challenge Day 19: Color a picture.
Mental Health Challenge Day 20: Go to sleep a half hour earlier.
Mental Health Challenge Day 21: Send a text message to someone you miss.
How can you help support the movement to transform children's mental health? Access our On Our Sleeves Advocacy Toolkit, an online hub filled education, statistics and resources that you can share with your personal and professional networks.
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Mental Health Challenge Day 17: Write down one thing you want to get done this weekend−and do it.
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