On Our Sleeves

A national movement to promote children’s mental wellness and prevent crises.

Because kids don’t always wear their thoughts on their sleeves, it can be difficult to tell when a child is struggling.

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Understanding Your Child’s Behavior

When children act out, whether they’re 3 or 13, it can be challenging to know what to do. Once you understand more about why they act the way they do, you can react more calmly. And noticing and praising “good” or positive behavior can really help encourage them to change their behavior.
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Our Mission

The mission of On Our Sleeves is to provide every community access to free, evidenced-informed educational resources necessary for breaking stigmas about child mental health, and educating families and advocates. We also support access to services by connecting families to trusted local resources.

It’s time to have an important local and national conversation about children’s mental health. It’s time to raise our voices for this important cause.

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Created by behavioral health experts, these tools provide education and action-oriented strategies to start conversations and boost mental wellness in children during your everyday life.

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Join us in supporting the movement to transform children's mental health. Show children and families battling pediatric mental illness that we're all in.


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For help, call or text the Suicide and Crisis Hotline – 988, or text the Crisis Text Line by texting "START" to 741-741. If there is an immediate safety concern, call 911 or go the nearest emergency room.

Florida Mental Health Resources for Children


million kids have been the victims of bullying


of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14

1 in 5

kids have a mental illness

Helping a Child With Anxious Feelings

By On Our Sleeves
We’ve all felt nervous or worried from time to time and our kids are no exception. Did you know that avoiding anxiety can make it stronger? By helping kids move forward while still feeling anxious, we can help them to do things while afraid. 
Read More in our Blog