🌻 Suicide Prevention Activist 🌻 Mental Health Advocate 🌻 Founder ≠bemoresunflower movement
LOO FLETCHER AKA THE SUNFLOWER GAL'S STORY:
This 26 year old's story is an interesting one, after experiencing a breakdown whilst at Law School in Bristol she re-evaluated her life; she knew she needed to bring balance into her life. She started to build a deeper and richer connection with herself. Up until this stage of reflection, she had not realised the sheer importance of creativity to her overall wellbeing. Loo also looked at the world around her and felt compassion went beyond the self to all living beings both present and future, moreover living in an overly consumerist society went against her inner desire to live a life that was not too little, or too much but just right.
Loo couldn't forget about her social change roots. She looked at both the mental health and environmental crises and thought an alternative approach was crucially needed if we want sustainably healthy minds & environment; advocating kindness to both homes. So in the summer of 2018, The Vegan Mellanhand was born! Loo's incremental steps to veganism was such a huge part of her journey, that is why she included Vegan in her original name.
This same year Loo tried to take her own life.
Loo deepened the Swedish art of balanced living one mile at a time in her van; big, blue and beautiful Vivi. Van life truly reinvented what mental health looks like for her.
She became a trained Mental Health Recovery Worker, a certified Mental Health First Aider and a Time to Change Champion.
Hello Loo Fletcher aka The Sunflower Gal
Loo reflected on her journey thus far and it came to light that she needed to stand up and shine hope for those going through dark times. Hence why she uses Loo Fletcher (as this is her story) and sunflowers!
Mental health support does not need to be formal that is why Loo is using the medium of creativity in a community set up to create change amongst the mental health landscape.
SUNFLOWER SUICIDE PREVENTION PROJECT:
We are a Bristol based communitea who come together to prevent suicide.
We create sunflower coloured pom poms with attached grounding in the moment quotes and distribute to locations where people are living their every day life (they're free)! Think green spaces, cafes, nightclubs, train stations, pubs, bus stops, university campuses and any other space possible.
Why are we doing it?
The aim is to make people feel they are not alone and remind them that people care especially during the darkest of times.
Hope is often lost during those darkest times and it can also very isolating. It is paramount that those individuals who do not want/are at the stage of ‘therapy' are not left behind in the form of support. These sunflower pom poms are a gentler form of conversation.
The communitea will not only help those who will get the pom poms, but also those who create them. A lot of people who want to be involved in the project have been directly/indirectly affected by suicide. The conversations that happen alongside crafting are invaluable in helping people feel they too are not alone as well as connecting with themselves.
Reach out, say Hi and become part of the ≠bemoresunflower movement.