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Find Your Anchor
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Simply put, the goal of Find Your Anchor is suicide prevention, awareness and education - all with the help of some little blue boxes.
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The premise behind Find Your Anchor is that each person needs an anchor. "Establish an anchor — a dependable, stable, secure base that you can hold on to, one that keeps you firmly planted, no matter what winds or storms may come." Find Your Anchor doesn't assume to be the anchor, or have all the answers, rather, it sets out to create a community of anchors, all with the help of some little blue boxes.

The physical form of Find Your Anchor is a small blue box packed with various materials designed to inspire, soothe and offer support. These boxes are then planted in public places (the library, the Vegas strip, etc.) to be found by those in need; specifically those close to suicide in one way or another. The boxes are intended to be organic in the sense that each person can add to the box their own inspiration and anchors before passing it along.

Suicide awareness has long been a cause very near and dear to my heart.
Everything I​ had ever​ encountered regarding it was so "sterile" and hospital-brochure​-​y. I really wanted something that spoke to the person holding the box. This project, each box, in a lot of ways is a physical representation of me being fortunate enough to be in a better spot - the physical representation of being “anchored” and wanting to pay that forward.

For those contemplating suicide, there is an overwhelming sense of loneliness and abandonment, despair, hopelessness. I wanted something specifically for them, a box full of ideas, support and inspiration. A box full of anchors. Designed with them in mind, I wanted those in need to open the box and think “someone cared enough to make this for me​.​” I wanted to provide, or spark within them a reason to fight.

Find Your Anchor is that reason to fight. It’s 52+ Reasons to Live when you can’t even think of one. It’s that list of resources in your pocket, reminding you there are people all over the country waiting to listen. It’s a reminder that you’re not alone. That there is hope.

www.findyouranchor.us
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Chicago, Illinois, United States

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