Dayton Children’s joins the On Our Sleeves® Alliance to break stigmas around children’s mental health

Social media influencers wanted to help spread the movement

April 22, 2021

DAYTON, OhioDayton Children’s Hospital is joining the On Our Sleeves® Alliance to bring additional mental health resources to the community and to break stigmas around children’s mental health.

Children don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves. With 1 in 5 children living with a significant mental health concern and half of all lifetime mental health concerns starting by age 14, we need to give them a voice. On Our Sleeves®, powered by behavioral health experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, aims to provide every community in America with free resources necessary for breaking child mental health stigmas and educating families and advocates, because no child or family should struggle alone

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the On Our Sleeves® movement to the Dayton region,” says Nina Rains, certified prevention specialist. “The numbers surrounding children’s mental health are staggering. Our community has gone through so much these past few years and our kids and families need these resources more than ever. Together we can break the stigma around mental health and make a difference in the long term.”

In recognition of mental health awareness month, Dayton Children’s will be officially launching On Our Sleeves® in our region during the first week of May culminating on Friday, May 7, children’s mental health awareness day.

The goal of launch week is to invite the community to sign up, join and spread the movement to help break stigmas around mental health and keep the conversation going. Those who join the movement will receive regular resources around children’s mental health including ways to engage with the movement locally.

“In order to spread this movement throughout our region, we are looking for influencers and ambassadors to help share the importance of talking about mental health,” says Rains. “This can include sharing on social media, hosting an event or connecting with us for ways to involve your business or organization.”

Community support is vital to the On Our Sleeves movement. Funding for the launch of the program is being provided being provided by the DP&L Foundation and Montgomery County ADAMHS.

4 ways to raise your voice for children’s mental health
1. Sign up to become an advocate and receive updates at
2. Share about On Our Sleeves on social media tagging #OnOurSleeves, @DaytonChildrens @OnOurSleevesOfficial (Instagram)/@OnOurSleeves (Facebook)
3. Share mental health resources from with friends and family.
4. Share a message of strength and support for children’s mental health by using #OnOurSleeves on your social media.

Dayton Children's Hospital Contact Information
Businesses, organizations or influencers interested in partnering with Dayton Children’s during the
On Our Sleeves Dayton launch week in May or on an ongoing basis can email .
To stay up-to-date on launch week activities please follow Dayton Children’s on Facebook and Instagram. 

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-24 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit free-standing pediatric health care systems providing unique expertise in pediatric population health, behavioral health, genomics and health equity as the next frontiers in pediatric medicine, leading to best outcomes for the health of the whole child. Integrated clinical and research programs, as well as prioritizing quality and safety, are part of what allows Nationwide Children’s to advance its unique model of care. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 14,000 that provides state-of-the-art wellness, preventive and rehabilitative care and diagnostic treatment during more than 1.7 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities. More information is available at