Fighting The Stigma With Nationwide Children’s Hospital

mental health awareness month, nationwide children's hospital, children's mental health awareness, on our sleeves

We all know the saying they wear their heart on their sleeve, but what about, the year their thoughts on their sleeve? That one is new. As an adult, I know it can be hard at times to properly articulate my thoughts and feelings so that they are conveyed properly. Imagine how hard this for a child. If you don’t know, May is Mental Health Awareness month and I have partnered with @Nationwidechildrenshospital to help spread the #OnOurSleeves message.

 

Mental Health Awareness Month

Seeing a child who has an entire, amazing life ahead of them, it’s hard to think that 1 in 5 children are battling mental illness. Looking back, I now know that I struggled (and still do) with mental illness. For me though, it was a case of brushing it under the rug and not acknowledging anything. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I can be there for her if she ever faces any demons like I did. Hiding the scary parts aren’t going to make things any better and there is nothing wrong with not feeling like yourself.

 

mental health awareness month, nationwide children's hospital, children's mental health awareness, on our sleeves

 

 

 

mental health awareness month, nationwide children's hospital, children's mental health awareness, on our sleeves

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Because of the #OnOurSleeves movement, we can make it normal to talk about things that may be scary. There isn’t one person on this world who has it all together and that is completely ok. So why should a child? Together we can be the voice for our children! Together, we can show them that this illness isn’t something to be ashamed about and together we show them that there is a life – a WONDERFUL life ahead of them.

Join The Fight

If this message speaks to you, then become an advocate or a partner. If you feel your child may be struggling with mental health, you can find more information here. One of the best ways children learn is by watching us. So let’s show them that it’s ok to speak up. If you battled, or know a child who has battled mental health, let’s talk about it and support one another.

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9 Comments

    • jamielynn0709
      Author
      May 9, 2019 / 3:40 pm

      I completely agree! I wish someone had told me this when I was younger and going through it!

  1. May 9, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    Such an important topic to cover.

  2. May 11, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    Love this! I am so glad to see you fighting the good fight. Keep inspiring!

    • jamielynn0709
      Author
      May 11, 2019 / 2:43 pm

      Thank you so much Stacy ❤️

  3. May 13, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Wow, this is so important and I love the fact that you are spreading awareness and showing how to be there for children. Thank you for this post!

  4. May 13, 2019 / 2:19 pm

    What a great post! So happy that people are finally starting to speak about such an important issue 🙂

  5. May 14, 2019 / 1:05 am

    There should be more awareness for mental health especially with children. I’m so glad that you are part of this. Keep it up!

  6. May 14, 2019 / 10:10 pm

    This is soooo important. We as people are getting smarter, we educated, we get stronger and healthier physically but we don’t do enough our for mental health because of the stigma. So great cause and thanks for sharing!

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