Honor the 350 million with depression worldwide and "Pledge to Plant" for our 2013 Field for Hope sunflower campaign. This initiative is the largest-scale, international effort in history focused directly on raising awareness and funds for depression research and education. Last year, this campaign successfully led to the planting of sunflowers in fields across Liberia, Kenya, Nepal, Germany, Mexico, Australia, the United States, and more. This unique movement has captured the attention of leaders, activists, and media from around the world who work to raise awareness and combat the effects of depression on individuals, communities and nations. Take action today so that 100% of those with depression receive treatment.
Virtual Planting: Pledge to plant a virtual sunflower in honor of someone you know. Encourage your "friends" to shine a light of HOPE, and plant one as well. Get organizations around the world joining to show the collective power of universally sharing this symbol for HOPE.
In-the-Ground Planting: Do you want your symbol of HOPE to shine brightly and impact your community visually? You, or a group, can pledge to plant a sunflower, a garden, or even a field in your local community.
A Sunflower for Hope: In addition to your virtual plant, plant a LIVE sunflower in your back yard, on a window sill; anywhere! Put up a small yard sign showcasing your support. Ask others to join you in planting hope.
A Garden for Hope: Plant a garden at a local school or community area and get people involved in planting. Start conversations about maintaining a healthy brain, especially among youth. Print and post a sign, found in our digital toolbox, and share the photos with us.
A Field for Hope: Dedicate your current sunflower field, or plant your own. Be bold and ask a farmer to dedicate his field to the cause. The ask is easy: "Would you please erect a sign honoring the 350 million people around the world needing an additional symbol of HOPE?" Share photos of the farmer and field on Facebook to inspire others around the world.
The Sunflower: Each sunflower serves as a symbol of light and hope for the 350 million people living with the treatable disease of depression. Have you noticed: