I recently found out about the Peyton Heart Project. Their goal is to raise awareness about teen suicide & bullying. They would also like to help end the stigma surrounding suicide and other mental health issues.
The project is named after Peyton James, a 13 year old teen, who in the fall of 2014, died by suicide after years of being bullied. The project wants to take these delicate yarn hearts, each one made by hand and each one perhaps representing the delicate heart of a life lost to suicide, and attach inspiring quotes to them. The plan is to leave them in public places for people to find during their everyday lives. It is hoped that the hearts cause people to stop for a moment and reflect on a young life lost to suicide, on bullying and on the fact that everyone's life matters. To leave people with a feeling that there is still good out there in the world and to inspire others to join on the mission of kindness.
Thursday, September 17th, I passed out 11 crocheted hearts first on my 5 mile morning walk in Indianapolis and then when I was in Brownsburg. It was such a rewarding feeling to know that someone would find a heart and hopefully smile.
One side of the attached tag has an inspiring quote and the other lists information asking the finder to share on social media where they found their heart.
There are several ways to be involved in this project. They will accept yarn donations, completed hearts, and want others to create and distribute hearts.
If you would like to help spread the Peyton Heart Project and its message in your town please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send you the necessary files.
You can find them on Facebook at The Peyton Heart Project
I'm off to crochet more hearts!