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October is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when the stigmas of mental health need to be overcome, to help support those struggling. Mental illness is a growing issue in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in five Australians experience a mental health condition in any given year and almost one in two will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime.
Supporting your friends and family is important to helping them manage their mental health. Sending flowers can communicate that you are there for someone and help improve their mood. Research has indicated that flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods with study participants feeling less depressed and anxious after being exposed to flowers regularly.
Our guide will help you understand what to send to promote the psychological health and well-being of your loved ones.
Send orange flowers for optimism
Sending a bouquet of orange flowers will help promote optimism, enthusiasm, and a sense of uplift. Arrangements that feature flowers including roses, gerberas, lilies, ranunculus, alstroemeria and tulips are popular choices to send. We suggest that the flowers are placed on the kitchen counter or on a home office desk to promote a positive mood.
Send soothing blue, lavender and green flowers
Flowers that feature blues, lavenders and pale greens are best for promoting tranquillity and helping calm and soothe. Any flowers that include the colour palette will do the job. We suggest that a small arrangement of these flowers is placed on your nightstand to relieve stress before bed and when you wake up.
Send Flannel flowers
The Flannel flower is an Australian native plant that has been chosen as the national symbol to promote mental health awareness in Australia. This has been chosen because the Australian bush has inherent beauty and strength. The Flannel Flower, as with all native Australian plants, needs to be adaptable and enduring to survive.