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.
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.