🌻 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!
They symbolise long life, strength, nourishment and solidarity which is needed within the mental health landscape.
REINVENTING 21ST CENTURY MENTAL HEALTH:
People's current access to mental health services are formal, delayed and detached.
Moreover, we should all be at the centre of our mental health. Mental health is not linear by any means but it is the connection you have with yourself that matters most. However, there is an equally important aspect that is becoming increasingly overlooked in this fast paced world; togetherness.
That is why Loo is using the medium of creativity in a community set up over a hot drink & cake to talk openly about mental health and equip others with some tools for sustainable healthy minds. Also, she is going one step further by creating a local Bristol collective to create change amongst the mental health landscape.
SUNFLOWER SUICIDE PREVENTION PROJECT
(THE SEEDS OF THE SUNFLOWER SUICIDE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN)
We are a community who come together to prevent suicide by creating sunflower coloured pom poms with attached compassionate grounding in the moment quotes (they're free!)
We distribute to different parts of the city of Bristol, N.Somerset & S.Gloucestershire. Think nightclubs, bus stops, train stations, green spaces, cafes, bars, pubs and in particular university campuses.
Take a look on the social media to see where our pom poms are shining solidarity, nourishment & strength.
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, it is also very isolating. It is paramount that those individuals who do not want/are at the stage of ‘talking therapies’ are not left behind in the form of help, therefore these sunflower pom poms are a gentler form of conversation.
The community 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. Conversations that happen alongside crafting are invaluable in helping people feel that they are too are not alone as well as connecting with themselves.
Those who take the pom poms have the option to reach out to the private facebook group 'Sunflower Suicide Prevention Project' (info on one side of the note). Here people can meet the project, use Loo's directory of further services and find out about the Sunflower Solidarity & Sunflower Self-Compassion Workshops.
A huge thank you goes to Bristol Independent Mental Health Network's Shine On The Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund for making this a reality.
If you are in the above areas and would like to get involved whether that be donating, creating, distributing, or perhaps you are a location who would like to have our pom poms/host our workshops then please reach out via email or direct message on social media.
Watch this Space…
There are no upcoming events at this time.
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