As a 16 year old high school student, Julia Hansen launched The Yellow Tulip Project.
The Yellow Tulip Project came into being after two of Julia’s closest friends took their own life within six months. Determined to do something positive to bring awareness to mental illness, The Yellow Tulip Project is meant to let people know that “Hope Happens”.
The focus of our non-profit organization is to create Tulip Teams at schools and organizations who will help us talk about mental illness the way that we talk about any physical illness. Planting a Hope Garden is a communal way of bringing people together to talk about mental health and work toward smashing the stigma. In addition we are involved in advocacy work focused on building community around an issue that effects 1 in 5 people worldwide.
why yellow tulips?
The yellow tulip represents happiness and hope. They remind me of newness and spring time which brings light and warmth. They also remind me of my two best friends who I lost to suicide. The tulip was one friend's favorite flower and yellow was the other's favorite color. I wish they could have seen that even in the darkest places.
hope is always there...
In those dark times it is important to reach out and get the help you need and to never forget how loved you are. I am a high school student and am also dealing with my own depression. 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.
We need to let others know that they do not need to do this alone and that Hope actually does Happen.