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HOW YTP STARTED

When founder Julia Hansen was in middle school and until her sophomore year in high school she definitely felt alone in dealing with her own depression. The deafening silence and stigma that surrounds the topic kept her from reaching out for help. It took the tragedy of losing her two best friends to suicide when she was a 15 year old high school sophomore for her to find her voice and to speak out.
She had an idea – to create a space for determined youth to eradicate stigma, build community, and inspire productive conversations about how to combat the rising rates of suicide. The Yellow Tulip Project was born from this vision. But it doesn’t end until we’ve smashed the stigma and made every person struggling aware that there is help and hope which is why we need YOU.
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When founder Julia Hansen was in middle school and until her sophomore year in high school she definitely felt alone in dealing with her own depression. The deafening silence and stigma that surrounds the topic kept her from reaching out for help. It took the tragedy of losing her two best friends to suicide when she was a 15 year old high school sophomore for her to find her voice and to speak out.

She had an idea – to create a space for determined youth to eradicate stigma, build community, and inspire productive conversations about how to combat the rising rates of suicide. The Yellow Tulip Project was born from this vision.” But it doesn’t end until we’ve smashed the stigma and made every person struggling aware that there is help and hope which is why we need YOU.
LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.    LET'S TALK, A LOT. MAKE CHANGE. SHOUT, STRONG. BE THERE. WE’RE HERE.

WHY YELLOW TULIPS?

The yellow tulip represents happiness and hope. They also remind Julia of her two best friends who she lost to suicide. The tulip was one friend’s favorite flower and yellow was the other’s favorite color. We want to help others realize that even in the darkest places, hope is always there and suicide should never be an option.

We are fiercely dedicated to helping people know that there are ways to get help, people there for them and that circumstances can and will change.

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HOPE IS ALWAYS THERE

In those dark times it is important to reach out and get the help you need. The Yellow Tulip Project is meant to help smash the stigma around mental illness. We need to talk about mental illness, not suffer alone or feel ashamed.
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