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On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : Alarm Clock

On Our Sleeves : Alarm Clock

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

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : 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.   

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : Sunshine

On Our Sleeves : Sunshine

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

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : Flower

On Our Sleeves : Flower

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

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : Storm Cloud

On Our Sleeves : Storm Cloud

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

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.

Icons

Icons

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

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : 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.

On Our Sleeves : 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.

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.

The Movement

The Movement

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

Media Center

Media Center

Welcome to the On Our Sleeves media center.

Chloe's Story

Chloe's Story

Chloe is a “typical” kid. She eats ice cream. She likes Taylor Swift. But Chloe has been bullied by kids her age who don’t understand her medical condition.

Contact Us

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Day Twenty Two

Day Twenty Two

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

Fight Winter Boredom

Fight Winter Boredom

Your guide to fighting winter boredom.

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

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.

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 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.

Wellness Tips

Wellness Tips

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

Resources for Medical Professionals

Resources for Medical Professionals

Our team of behavioral health experts continually shares their best practices to providers in the community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Talking With Kids About Suicide

Talking With Kids About Suicide

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

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.

Get Mentally Fit

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.

Day One

Day One

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

Day Two

Day Two

Mental Health Challenge Day 2: Take a walk.

Day Three

Day Three

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

Day Four

Day Four

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

Day Five

Day Five

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

Day Six

Day Six

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

Day Seven

Day Seven

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

Day Eight

Day Eight

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

Day Nine

Day Nine

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

Day Ten

Day Ten

Mental Health Challenge Day 10: Sing a song together.

Day Eleven

Day Eleven

Mental Health Challenge Day 11: Limit screen time today.

Day Twelve

Day Twelve

Mental Health Challenge Day 12: Read a book.

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 Fifteen

Day Fifteen

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

Day Sixteen

Day Sixteen

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

Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen

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

Day Eighteen

Day Eighteen

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

Day Nineteen

Day Nineteen

Mental Health Challenge Day 19: Color a picture.

Day Twenty

Day Twenty

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

Day Twenty One

Day Twenty One

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

Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy Toolkit

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.

Survey Thank You

Thank you so much for helping shape the future of our On Our Sleeves community. On Our Sleeves is about breaking stigmas and starting conversations, and you can do help us do that right now.

Tip Sheets

Tip Sheets

Download our easy-to-share tip sheets to share with your family and friends. 

Julia's Story

Julia's Story

Life no longer felt manageable for 17-year-old Julia when she walked into Nationwide Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health Services.

Pavilion

Pavilion

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

Fundraise With Us

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

Kindness Cards

Kindness Cards

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

Corporate Partners

Corporate Partners

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

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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.

Empowering Song Playlist

Empowering Song Playlist

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 On Our Sleeves

On Our Sleeves

One in five children is living with a mental illness. Because kids don't wear their thoughts on their sleeves, we don't know what they might be going through. That’s why we need you.

Insights from an Autism Parent

Insights from an Autism Parent

We sat down with a parent of an autistic child to learn more about ASD and how you can be an advocate for these children and their families.

How to Start the Convo

How to Start the Convo

Learn a few, simple tips for starting this needed conversation with your kids.

How to Be an Advocate

How to Be an Advocate

Learn more about this role and steps you can take to achieve it.

Does Giving Back Help Our Kids During the Holidays?

Does Giving Back Help Our Kids During the Holidays?

Learn what you can do to make sure everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

How to Get Mentally Fit

How to Get Mentally Fit

Learn three things you can do to keep your brain in shape for 2019 and beyond!

Do's and Don'ts When Talking About Mental Health

Do's and Don'ts When Talking About Mental Health

Learn about words you should avoid and how to use the correct language to help break stigmas.

Signs Your Child May Need Therapy

Signs Your Child May Need Therapy

Gina McDowell gives us the obvious and not so obvious signs a child may need therapy.

How to Deal with a Broken Heart

How to Deal with a Broken Heart

Check out our four ways to help ease the process.

Eating Disorder Awareness: 3 Things You Should Know

Eating Disorder Awareness: 3 Things You Should Know

Our experts have three things you should know regarding eating disorders.