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THE FLANNEL FLOWER


















The Flannel flower, an Australian native, has been chosen as a symbol of mental health awareness. With the exception of one species found in New Zealand, Flannel flowers are uniquely Australian.

Varieties of the Flannel flower are commonly found growing wild in the bush. The Australian bush has an inherent beauty and strength, yet is also a landscape known for its extremes. As with all Australian natives, the Flannel flower must be adaptable and enduring in order to survive. In this way, the flower reflects qualities that we all need to maintain good mental health.


All of us, regardless of our life circumstances, need to develop coping strategies such as resilience and the ability to adapt to change. The Flannel flower symbolises the importance of being aware of mental health issues and the efforts that are being made to help those who experience mental illnesses.


The entire plant is covered with a soft, silky down, and it has velvety white petals tipped with sage-green. The leaves have a lot of character, and are tipped with a grey-green colour. The Flannel flower, because of its soft texture, encourages contact and is thought to help people express their feelings verbally and to develop sensitivity.


The plant flowers all year round, but predominantly in spring and summer, at just the right time for World Mental Health Day and other National Mental Health Week activities in October.


The Flannel flower badge was launched by the Mental Health Council of Australia during Mental Health Week 2000.


Badges can be obtained by contacting the MHCA.


Mental Health Council of Australia, PO Box 174, DEAKIN WEST, ACT 2600

Email admin@mhca.com.au