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<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Butterfly

On Our Sleeves: Butterfly

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.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Alarm Clock

On Our Sleeves: Alarm Clock

Every morning when an alarm clock goes off, it’s the start of a new day.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Anchor

On Our Sleeves: Anchor

For some, the anchor means hope… calm… stability. On the flip side, the anchor can be seen in a negative light.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Broken Heart

On Our Sleeves: Broken Heart

Whether it’s your own broken heart or the broken heart of someone you love, feelings of loss can be overwhelming.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Broken Pencil

On Our Sleeves: Broken Pencil

Every day, students get out their pencils to start their school day. The snap of a pencil carries so much meaning - anger, frustration, anxiety.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Exclamation Point

On Our Sleeves: Exclamation Point

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.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Flower

On Our Sleeves: Flower

Radiant and pretty, the flower is often a sign of happiness.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Full Heart

On Our Sleeves: Full Heart

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.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Happy Face

On Our Sleeves: Happy Face

The happy face is one of the most recognizable signs of pure joy, often representing feelings of happiness, satisfaction, well wishes and humor.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Letter

On Our Sleeves: Letter

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.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Peace Sign

On Our Sleeves: Peace Sign

A symbol of several significant moments in history, and still significant today, the peace sign means many things: calmness, grounded, or rational thinking.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Phone

On Our Sleeves: Phone

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.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Question Mark

On Our Sleeves: Question Mark

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.   

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Rainbow

On Our Sleeves: Rainbow

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.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Sad Face

On Our Sleeves: Sad Face

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.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Star

On Our Sleeves: Star

A star is a beacon of hope - a shining light that guides the way. It’s a symbol of positivity, happiness, renewal.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Storm Cloud

On Our Sleeves: Storm Cloud

The sight of approaching dark and ominous storm clouds may bring worry and fear of the unexpected.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Sunshine

On Our Sleeves: Sunshine

Warmness, radiance, happiness. Sunshine can be awakening, directional and a blanket of warmth.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em>: Wilted Flower

On Our Sleeves: Wilted Flower

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.

Icon Collection

Icon Collection

Each icon represents potential thoughts and feelings someone could have, using simple illustrations to symbolize complex emotions. Your experiences will define what these icons mean to you.

Media Center

Media Center

Welcome to the On Our Sleeves media center.

Get Involved

Get Involved

We need to end stigmas and misconceptions about mental and behavioral health. And you can play an important role in that.

About

About

Join us in this empowering movement for children’s mental health.

Research

Research

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.

Globetrotters Fund

Globetrotters Fund

The Harlem Globetrotters are making a bold commitment to children’s mental health through the creation of The Globetrotters Fund at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Summer Mental Fitness Guide

Summer Mental Fitness Guide

The long summer days mean more free time and warmer weather. Our guide has several ways you can maintain structure and help keep kids mentally fit this summer.

Video Resources

Video Resources

Watch and learn from our variety of video resources to share with you and your family. 

Partners

Partners

Learn more about our generous corporate partners for their support of On Our Sleeves.

Spread Kindness

Spread Kindness

Send a dose of kindness to patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Fundraise with Us

Fundraise with Us

Are you passionate about supporting children’s mental health? Fundraise with On Our Sleeves!

Day Nineteen

Day Nineteen

Mental Health Challenge Day 19: Color a picture.

Day Five

Day Five

Mental Health Challenge Day 5: Plan a family activity night, like game night or movie night.

Day Two

Day Two

Mental Health Challenge Day 2: Take a walk.

Day One

Day One

Mental Health Challenge Day 1: Over dinner, talk about 3 things you are grateful for. 

Day Four

Day Four

Mental Health Challenge Day 4: Allow yourself to be present in the moment.

Day Three

Day Three

Mental Health Challenge Day 3: Send an email/message to someone you love.

Day Twelve

Day Twelve

Mental Health Challenge Day 12: Read a book.

Day Seven

Day Seven

Mental Health Challenge Day 7: Donate to or volunteer at an organization.

Day Eleven

Day Eleven

Mental Health Challenge Day 11: Limit screen time today.

Day Six

Day Six

Mental Health Challenge Day 6: This morning, talk about what you are most excited for today.

Day Nine

Day Nine

Mental Health Challenge Day 9: Make a list of 3 things you want to do this year.

Day Eight

Day Eight

Mental Health Challenge Day 8: Draw a photo of someone or something you are grateful for.

Day Ten

Day Ten

Mental Health Challenge Day 10: Sing a song together.

Day Thirteen

Day Thirteen

Mental Health Challenge Day 13: Make dinner together.

Day Fourteen

Day Fourteen

Mental Health Challenge Day 14: Smile and say hello to every person you see today.

Day Eighteen

Day Eighteen

Mental Health Challenge Day 18: Do one random act of kindness today.

Day Sixteen

Day Sixteen

Mental Health Challenge Day 16: Ask your kids to share one thing they like about themselves and why.

Day Twenty Two

Day Twenty Two

Mental Health Challenge Day 22: How will you be mentally fit today?

Day Fifteen

Day Fifteen

Mental Health Challenge Day 15: Focus on the positive. Try not to complain about anything today.

Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen

Mental Health Challenge Day 17: Write down one thing you want to get done this weekend−and do it.

Day Twenty One

Day Twenty One

Mental Health Challenge Day 21: Send a text message to someone you miss.

Day Twenty

Day Twenty

Mental Health Challenge Day 20: Go to sleep a half hour earlier.

<em>On Our Sleeves</em> Advocacy Toolkit

On Our Sleeves Advocacy Toolkit

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.

Find Help For Someone Else

Find Help For Someone Else

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.

What We're Doing

What We're Doing

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.

Narrowing the Gender Gap in Youth Suicides

Narrowing the Gender Gap in Youth Suicides

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10-19 years in the United States, but did you know that in recent years there has been a sizable increase in youth suicide rates for females relative to males?

Empowering Song Playlist

Empowering Song Playlist

Help us building our On Our Sleeves Empowering Song playlist!

Caregiver Support

Caregiver Support

Here are five ways you can support a friend turned caregiver of a child who has been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Dealing With A Diagnosis

Dealing With A Diagnosis

Once your child receives a diagnosis, there can be a flood of emotions. Here are other ways to stay informed and help with your journey.

Wellness Tips

Wellness Tips

Share these wellness tips with yours students to help them manage their mental health during the school day.

Resources For Schools

Resources For Schools

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.

For Employers

For Employers

Find resources to support your employees at your company.

For Educators

For Educators

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.

Partner Assets Terms and Conditions

Partner Assets Terms and Conditions

To ensure quality control and to protect the Assets and associated goodwill, businesses, organizations or individuals approved to use the Assets are required to agree to the following terms of use.

Share Your Story

Share Your Story

What is your On Our Sleeves story? Stories like yours can help inspire others and can offer hope and support to other members of our On Our Sleeves community.

Advocate with Julia

Advocate with Julia

Watch Julia's inspiring journey and learn more about the Big Lots Behavioral Health Scholarship.

How to Find a Provider

How to Find a Provider

Finding a mental health provider can be really challenging. Here are some tips on navigating the mental health care system.

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month

Join On Our Sleeves for Mental Health Month this May and raise your voice for children's mental health.

Wait Time Tips

Wait Time Tips

Difficulties accessing behavioral health care can be both frustrating and stressful for families. Learn what you can do to help your child while you are waiting for services.

Get Mentally Fit

Get Mentally Fit

Keeping our brain in shape is just as important as physical fitness. That's why we have 22 suggestions for you and your family to help stay mentally fit.

Fight Winter Boredom

Fight Winter Boredom

Your guide to fighting winter boredom.

Routines for Young Children

Routines for Young Children

Repetition, in the form of routines, has many benefits for children.

Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Behavioral Health and Primary Care

As increasing numbers of pediatric patients require behavioral health care, primary care providers look to integrate behavioral health providers in their practice.

8 Ways You Can Support Families

8 Ways You Can Support Families

Long wait times and difficulties accessing behavioral health services cause stress for many patients and families.

Talking With Kids About Suicide

Talking With Kids About Suicide

Experts say open conversations with kids about suicide could save lives.

Help Justice-Involved Youth

Help Justice-Involved Youth

Pediatric primary care systems can address mental and emotional health outcomes of juvenile justice involvement before, during and after an event.

Health and Hope after Trauma

Health and Hope after Trauma

A primary care provider’s ability to identify and treat symptoms associated with trauma can increase positive outcomes for patients and families.

Managing Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care

Managing Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care

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.

Suicidal Youth and Self Harming Behaviors

Suicidal Youth and Self Harming Behaviors

Pediatricians are in an optimal position to see early warning signs and recommend treatment.

Self-Poisoning

Self-Poisoning

Read more about our expert research surrounding suicide attempts and self-poisoning. 

Pavilion

Pavilion

The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, a state-of-the-art facility opening in 2020.

Contribute Your Creativity

Contribute Your Creativity

Join Project S.N.A.P. and create artwork that will be installed for patients in the new Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion.

Attend an Event

Attend an Event

Help us celebrate On Our Sleeves by coming out to our events.

Join the Movement

Join the Movement

Sign up for On Our Sleeves exclusive access and content, educational resources and connections to people just like you looking to help us break stigmas and start conversations.

Helping a Friend

Helping a Friend

A strong support system has been shown to improve how people adapt to living with a mental illness long term. 

Glossary of Mental Health Providers

Glossary of Mental Health Providers

Learn about the many types of mental health providers who have relevant training, specialization and skill in assessing and providing mental and behavioral health services to children and adolescents.