Fields for Hope is a project developed to use the sunflower as a positive symbol of HOPE for the 350 million with depression worldwide. The more we work to raise awareness, start conversations and educate people in a positive and hopeful way, the better our chances of ending stigma and encouraging treatment. We all deserve to live a life of mental health and wellness.
- You can dedicate your current sunflower field, or reach out to your local farmer and ask to have a sunflower field dedicated to the cause.
“Can you please put up a sign honoring the 350 million around the world needing some extra symbols of hope?”
- Share photos of the farmer and field and share with us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter using the hashtag #planthope #sharehope.
Why the Sunflower
- Sunflowers serve as a symbol of hope for the hundreds of millions around the world that struggle with their mental health, 50% of them untreated.
- Sunflowers are yellow, the color of hope and happiness, mental health when successfully managed.
- 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.
- Sunflowers have an immediate, positive impact on our moods, in both males and females.
- A universal 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 branding icon for mental wellness and hope, and allow charities around the world to unite in image, yet also share their own important work.
- Planting gardens are good for your mental health. Sunflower seeds are beneficial for brain health. There are many cause marketing avenues for charities to use to raise money for their particular cause.
Want to plant a smaller Garden for Hope in your Community? Checkout How.