The goal of the Seeds of Hope project was to raise awareness around the prevalence of suicide and how it affects families, loved ones, and communities. Sadly, and too often, they are left alone to suffer in silence. Having a public exhibition of creative works from those directly affected by suicide provided an opportunity to break the silence and stigma in a unique and far-reaching way.
The goal was to demonstrate how suicide affects diverse communities including those left behind, professionals who work with suicide, communities devastated by suicide loss, and those who struggle with depression and suicidality in their lives. Through the use of mask making, and other arts based approaches, participants had an opportunity to make a difference through their personal creative expression. This gave the participants a sense of meaning making and hope. And for the public it provided an opportunity to address and experience the issue of suicide through the arts.