🌻 Suicide Prevention Activist 🌻 Mental Health Advocate 🌻 Founder ≠bemoresunflower movement
LOO FLETCHER AKA THE SUNFLOWER GAL'S STORY:
This 25 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 Mental Health Recovery worker, a trained 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 cup of tea & cake to equip others with the tools they need for healthier minds. Also, she is going one step further by creating a local Bristol collective to create change amongst the mental health landscape.
Do take a peek at her Sunflower Suicide Prevention Campaign & Shine Light on Loneliness (all projects, workshops, & creations also encompass being kind to both homes; our minds & environment).
We are a communitea who come together to prevent suicide by creating sunflower coloured pom poms with attached grounding in the moment notes (they're free!).
We distribute to different parts of the city of Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. Think bus stops, train stations, green spaces, nightclubs, cafes, bars, pubs and in particular university campuses.
Take a look on Insta 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 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 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 had either direct and/or indirect experience with suicide. These 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 service information or attend any of the sunflower solidarity/self compassion workshops.
Want to get involved?
If you are in the above areas and would like to get involved please either email/reach out on socials.
Do take a look at the NEW Sunflower Solidarity and Sunflower Self-Compassion workshops below!
A huge thank you goes to Shine On's The Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund for making this a reality. x
Watch this Space…
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