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WMC Invites Help with Sunflower Harvest This Weekend

WMC Invites Help with Sunflower Harvest This Weekend

A field of sunflowers planted by the WMC Morale and Welfare Committee is in full bloom and ready to harvest behind the Wellness & Fitness Center, visible from Route 37. Valley Health staff and community members are invited to a free cut-your-own event Friday, August 13 from 4-8 PM, Saturday, August 14 from 4-7 PM and Sunday, August 15 from 4-7 PM. 

“The stigma of mental illness makes it hard for people to talk about depression and ask for help,” explains Tammy Monkman, RN, Behavioral Health. Years ago, Tammy researched the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (IFred) and liked their adoption of the sunflower as a symbol of hope for depression. “We use the sunflower in our program materials now, and my IFred sunflower pin regularly attracts comment and leads to conversation about depression,” she said.

Tammy and Behavioral Health Director, Karen Dorr, thought growing a sunflower garden would be a great idea to promote hope and the WMC Morale & Welfare Committee agreed. If you attend and cut your own sunflower bouquet you'll have an opportunity to engage with Behavioral Health staff, volunteers from the local chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and the WMC Morale and Welfare Committee.

Again, opportunities include: 

  • Friday, August 13, 4-8 PM
  • Saturday, August 14, 4-7 PM
  • Sunday, August 15, 4-7 PM

The event is free; cash donations are accepted to benefit the program, patients and future initiatives. Parking is available in the Winchester Medical Center Diagnostic Center parking lot.

About IFred

IFred encourages planting Gardens for Hope to shine a light on the 350 million people with depression around the world. Much as sunflowers grow toward the sun, those with depression seek light to help manage their dark episodes. IFred research shows that hope is teachable; as hope increases, depression and anxiety decrease, and emotional regulation and resilience rise.  Mission | iFred