Suicide Prevention Activist Mental Health Advocate Founder of the Suicide Prevention Collective
REINVENTING 21st CENTURY MENTAL HEALTH:
There is a mental health crisis where "close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds" (WHO 2020). An alternative approach is crucially needed if we want sustainable healthy minds.
Mental health is not linear 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 creativity in a community set up to create change amongst the mental health landscape in the form of the Suicide Prevention Collective.
Just as a sunflower grows towards sunlight in order to bloom, we can turn towards others and ourselves to find lightness.
Sunflowers truly should be the symbol of light and hope for those living through dark times.
This woman's story is an inspiring one, after experiencing a mental breakdown whilst studying Law at the University of Bristol and subsequently trying to take her own life she went onto completely re-evaluate her life. She started to build a deeper and richer connection with herself and others. Up until this stage of reflection, she had not realised the importance of both a community and creative approach to one's overall wellbeing. It came to light that she needed to stand up and use her creative voice within the mental health landscape; a true creativist!
Loo became a Time to Change Champion, a certified Mental Health First Aider and a trained Mental Health Recovery Worker & Wellbeing Tutor.
She also started to live life on the road in her campervan; big, blue and beautiful Vivi. Van life truly reinvented what her mental health and depression looks like for her.
- Present -
Bristol based Loo continues to balance being a mental health professional alongside shining light for suicide prevention through her activism and advocacy.
SUICIDE PREVENTION COLLECTIVE
-We are a community organisation who uses community and creativity to shine some light into someone's day -
The collective will run alongside the seasons. This is to also to reflect the way mental health is all about planting small seeds, the need for rest, and there being a time for us to bloom in life. Each season will have focused creative projects for the community. The community is not to be geographically based, using both online and offline to have as far reaching impact as possible.
Spring/Summer Sunflower Series: 'Flow'
Sunflower Edition Pots Breakfast Book Club Knit along with...
Lets Dance! +
Other Guest Appearances
& Sunflower Students
Sunflower Suicide Prevention Project:
This project sowed the seeds into the Suicide Prevention Collective in 2019 by creating sunflower coloured pom poms with attached grounding in the moment quotes for those going through dark times.
Our pom poms are free for those who seek inner strength and a reminder that they are not alone during the darkest of times. They are located in university campuses, green spaces, cafes, train stations, and many other locations.
The conversations which happen alongside creating at the Sunflower Self Compassion Workshops are invaluable in helping people feel they are not alone as well as creating some space for themselves.
A huge thank you goes to Bristol Independent Mental Health Network for kick starting this project.
This sunflower mural lived on the infamous Turbo Island in Bristol. It was created during the pandemic to help people check in with themselves and think how they could shine some light into their day as well as pausing to think how they could help others during these very uncertain times.
* Sunflower Students
In partnership with University of Bristol we created spaces on campus to encourage students to pause during their university life and think about their mental wellbeing. The mini sunflower fields also provided a connective mechanism with other students at the university.
Sow your seed into the collective and together we can shine some light into someone's day gf.me/u/zgb3hr.
Loo Fletcher aka The Sunflower Gal founder of the Suicide Prevention Collective.
Offline workshops are currently on pause due to COVID 19 but check out our Eventbrite link above for online projects.
_Featured in Uni Buddy Global Perspectives "The Other Pandemic
The student mental health crisis - and what can be done" https://unibuddy.com/global-perspectives/the-other-pandemic/
-National TV Filming for "Lodgers for Codgers" (Social Experiment looking at loneliness and the housing crisis across different generations) https://www.channel4.com/programmes/lodgers-for-codgers/on-demand/69666-005
-Featured in The Happy Newspaper (issue 17)
-Speaker at National Student Psychiatry Conference 2020
-Featured in Responsible Vanlife's first e-magazine 'Loneliness and 21st Century Living'
-Featured on the BBC news "How pompoms and compassion are hoping to prevent suicide"
-Collobration with Wild Wellbeing 'Connect with Yourself' Standon Calling Festival
-Collobaration with Loneliness Awareness Week 'Be Together Bristol'
-Create For Mental Health: Body Positivity events
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