logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Charity Site

BellaOnline's Charity Editor

g

Sunflowers Raise Funds, Hope for Depressed

Guest Author - Tricia Krietzberg

Think about it: with so much unemployment, financial unrest and tragedy in our world, it’s easier to be sad than it is to be happy. And sadness is where severe depression begins, leading to life-changing problems like alcoholism, drug abuse, addictive behaviors, and suicide. But IFred, the International Foundation for Research and Education of Depression, aims to find hope for the depressed, and they are doing it with sunflowers.

Sunflowers have become the international symbol for depression, and why not? They are beautiful and bright. Who wouldn’t find a little happiness in something so cheerful-looking? Research has shown that flowers immediately create a happy feeling, and, according to a study by Rutger’s University in New Jersey, the color yellow stimulates the brain. Another study by Texas A&M finds that people perform better, are more productive, and more creative when flowers are placed nearby.

What better way to call attention to a cause then to multiply the symbol by the thousands? That’s why IFred is planting fields of sunflowers it calls “fields of hope,” to raise funds and awareness about mental illness. This year, IFred has decided to plant the 2009 “field of hope” in Ghana, Africa, where more than 2 million people suffer from depression.

Depression and mental illness in America and other developed countries is one thing. But depression in third world countries is another thing entirely. Any form of mental illness in African countries is often mistakenly associated with superstitious beliefs and archaic forms of treatment. In Ghana, many individuals are involuntarily admitted to spiritual camps for “treatment” of mental illnesses. In hopes of ridding “demonic” spirits, people are chained to trees in the hot sun and starved. Though real psychiatric treatment does exist near larger cities, the World Health Organization estimates that only 2% of those with mental disorders are receiving proper treatment.

The Field of Hope in Ghana is intended to reverse the horrible stigma associated with mental illness, and to shed light on the terrible treatment given to those with depression. With donations raised for the field of hope, IFred hopes to educate people in Ghana about depression and proper treatment, and perhaps open a remote location in Ghana.

So, how can you help? According to IFred’s website, “for a small donation, you can have a seed planted for someone you know and watch as it grows into a beautiful yellow field full of sunflowers. It will serve as a reminder that every little thing you do, even something small, when joined together with others can be big and bright and beautiful when loved and nurtured.” For a $25 donation, IFred will plant a sunflower seed in its field of hope in honor of someone you know affected by depression. There are additional donation levels and IFred is also looking for corporate sponsorship.

I know how mental illness can devastate a family because I have a family member who struggled with depression. My family will never be the same. So, I’m going to make a donation right now.

And then, I’m going to go to the store and buy some sunflowers to put all over my house so I can smile every time I look at them.

How about you?

For more information, check out International Foundation for Research and Education of Depression.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please check out my websites:
Buzz For Your Biz
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Sunflowers+Raise+Funds%2C+Hope+for+Depressed to Twitter Add Sunflowers+Raise+Funds%2C+Hope+for+Depressed to Facebook Add Sunflowers+Raise+Funds%2C+Hope+for+Depressed to MySpace Add Sunflowers+Raise+Funds%2C+Hope+for+Depressed to Del.icio.us Digg Sunflowers+Raise+Funds%2C+Hope+for+Depressed Add Sunflowers+Raise+Funds%2C+Hope+for+Depressed to Yahoo My Web Add Sunflowers+Raise+Funds%2C+Hope+for+Depressed to Google Bookmarks Add Sunflowers+Raise+Funds%2C+Hope+for+Depressed to Stumbleupon Add Sunflowers+Raise+Funds%2C+Hope+for+Depressed to Reddit




Michael Jackson's Charitable Legacy
Volunteering Benefits the Volunteer Too
Wish Upon a Hero Connects Heroes with Causes
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Charity Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Tricia Krietzberg. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Tricia Krietzberg. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
November Fundraisers

Motivation to Help Others

Creative and Thrifty Fundraising Ideas

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor