Our heroes wear their mental health advocacy on their sleeves, using their voices to break stigmas and start conversations. They are our champions in the movement to transform children’s mental health.
Meet the On Our Sleeves Champions.
Albert Covelli and Family
Covelli Enterprises/Panera Bread
“Our family and Panera Bread locations within Covelli Enterprises are proud to be strong supporters of the On Our Sleeves campaign. We truly believe that we are not only in the food business but rather in the customer business, working to help the individuals in our communities. Our partnership with On Our Sleeves is very special to our family as well as our company. We are honored and blessed to have the opportunity to raise funds and bring awareness to pediatric mental health. Our children are the future, we need to care for them today to give them hope and success in the years to come." -Albert Covelli, Covelli Enterprises
Thirty-One Gives Care Council
The Thirty-One Gives Care Council was created to serve as the voice of all Consultants in selecting nonprofit partners across the U.S. and Canada. They determine how to allocate contributions made by the company, various promotions and through the Gives Round Up! Program.
The Care Council members come from Texas, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, New York and more! We’re so thankful On Our Sleeves has been chosen as one of their care partners.
Real Girls F.A.R.T.
Achea launched Real Girls F.A.R.T (Fearless, Authentic, Rescuer, Trailblazer) after being diagnosed with general anxiety disorder in 2016. Through her platform, she authentically shares her feelings about mental health, while also equipping women with the necessary tools to use their voices.
We’re so thankful for Achea’s championing of On Our Sleeves. You can see some of her advocacy for our campaign here.
Steve Allen, MD, MBA, CEO
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
On Our Sleeves is driven by the minds of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Steve Allen is committed to changing the future for kids and families affected by mental illness.
Nationwide Childrens' effort to expand behavioral health services began in earnest six years ago. With each expansion of effort, the need has grown. In 2014, Nationwide Children’s saw 19,000 behavioral health patients. In 2018, the number was nearly 35,000.
Through Dr. Allen’s leadership, the hospital’s investment in children’s childhood behavioral health is continuing. The On Our Sleeves campaign, with Dr. Allen as a champion, is part of the effort to draw attention to pediatric mental health concerns.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
Philanthropy has been a driving force for good in our nation’s history. Under Steve Testa’s leadership, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation and On Our Sleeves provides hope and support to families facing mental illness everywhere.
The championing of children’s mental health has created capacity for unprecedented investment into mental health care and facilities. Through national cause partnerships, the Foundation uniquely amplifies the need surrounding children's mental health and supports it’s transformation through research into behavioral health causality, and best practices to improve prevention and treatment outcomes across the country.
On Our Sleeves is giving children a voice, breaking stigmas and ensuring that families affected by mental illness no longer suffer in silence.
Ashley Eckstein is an actress, author and entrepreneur. Most known as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Ashley is also the Founder of Her Universe - the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand.
Ashley shares her personal mental health story as part of her larger advocacy platform and frequently shares On Our Sleeves on her “Mental Health Mondays” to her legion of fans online.
What Does On Our Sleeves Mean to You?
"I have little kids who are about to grow up in a world different from the one I was raised in; primarily influenced by social media and the abundant access to content at their fingertips. It is going to be tough as parents to manage that and my hope is that children will feel comfortable talking about their feelings and dealing directly with the challenges they will inevitably face. This movement is so important for the well-being of all children and I'm so proud of Nationwide Children's Hospital for being on the front lines of this mission!"
"On our sleeves means a lot to me, I love the movement because it lets kids know it’s okay to not be okay. But it’s not okay to stay not okay. The campaign brings both education and awareness while also telling personal stories to those kids dealing with mental health issues. So glad to be apart of such a great cause!"
"This campaign couldn't be more important or more needed. Mental health is something that touches so many, whether through personal experience, family or friends. The most important thing to know is this: you are not alone. You are loved. You are important. We are here. And we are listening."
"As an artist who uses a child’s toy as an art medium, I often hear from kids about their struggles and stresses - their desire to fit in and be accepted for who they are and what they like, and to have the freedom to express their passions and pleasures without criticism and ridicule. I applaud Nationwide Children’s Hospital for their dedication to providing meaningful resources to kids and their families, and for actively raising awareness and having the important conversations surrounding children’s mental health."
"It's really important to us to break the stigma around mental health, especially with children and young adults because we all have personally dealt with depression and anxiety and have seen the effects it can have if left without treatment. We have had friends commit suicide because they simply didn't know how to deal with their mental health, so to have this campaign to raise awareness and educate means others won't have to deal with the struggles alone, and maybe one day no one will have to learn to cope with the loss of close friends and family because of programs like this."