“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.”
Gardens for Hope is a project that uses the sunflower as a positive symbol of HOPE to help eliminate the stigma of depression around the world. We ask you to plant sunflowers to raise awareness and honor the 350 million with the disease. The more we work to educate people in a positive and hopeful way, the better our chances of ending stigma.
1. Plant a garden in your yard, your local community garden, at a local park or your church and post a Gardens for Hope sign. Invite and gather groups of people to help in planting hope together. Take photos and share on facebook, tag us and use the hashtag #planthope or tweet your messages and photos to @ifredorg or on Pinterest. We love to see all of the amazing advocacy and community outreach!
2. Start conversations about maintaining mental wellness, the importance of brain health and distribute our brochures to raise awareness and engage your community. For materials, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Display a Gardens for Hope sign with your sunflowers. To download click here:
There are so many ways to help us #planthope. All you need is a little soil and a few seeds. Your advocacy will help end the stigma of depression, initiate conversations geared toward mental wellness and help raise awareness on available treatment.
Why the Sunflower
- Sunflowers serve as a symbol of light and hope for the 350 million people living with the treatable disease of depression.
- Sunflowers grow towards the sunlight with their faces tracking the sun. We need those with depression to seek light instead of responding to the natural instinct of hiding in darkness during a depressive episode.
- iFred believes this symbol, if used similarly to the pink ribbon for breast cancer or red dress for heart disease, can serve as a much more hopeful and positive universal icon for depression survivors.