The Flannel Flower, an Australian native, is a national symbol to promote awareness of mental health.
The Flannel Flower is commonly found growing wild in the Australian bush, which has a wonderful inherent beauty and strength and is known for its extremes of weather and landscape.
To survive the extremes of Australia's climate the Flannel Flower has had to be adaptable, in the same way all of us, regardless of our life circumstances, need to develop resilience and the ability to adapt to change, in order to strengthen and maintain our mental health.
The Flannel Flower, with its soft silky texture, encourages contact and is though to help people express their feelings verbally and to develop sensitivity.
Being open and empathetic to a person's expression of distress can help not only the recovery of a person experiencing mental illness, but to change the negative attitudes of our society to mental illness.
This has come directly from here which is the Mental Health Council of Australia. I just wanted to share this with you as I found it very appropriate.
I often think of the story of the Oak tree.
Once there was an oak tree that grew in a field it shared with tall willowy grass. Day by day the wind blew across the field of the proud oak. The mighty oak stood firm while the grass bowed at its passing.