We use sunflowers as a symbol for hope for the hundreds of millions around the world that struggle with their mental health, 50% of them untreated. Why?
- Sunflowers are yellow, the color of hope and happiness, mental health when successfully managed and treated.
- 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.
- Gardening is good for our mental health, so planting community gardens together is a great way to educate on the importance of mental health.
- Sunflowers can serve as a universal symbol for Hope, and 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, allowing charities around the world to unite in image, yet also share their own important work.
- Sunflower seeds are beneficial for brain health, boosting serotonin.
- The color yellow, and sunflower seeds, can be used for cause marketing campaigns to raise money for charities.
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