Greater Bangor holds “Virtual Hope Day” to raise awareness of, destigmatize mental health issues

Date: 05/19/2020

On May 29, a group of musicians, poets, and speakers will bring their messages of hope to the Bangor community in a Virtual Hope Day hosted by The Yellow Tulip Project and several Bangor community representatives through a live social media event.

May is Mental Health Month and now more than ever, we need to find ways to stay connected with our community—no one should feel alone. Through musical performances, poetry, and powerful speeches, local teens and community members will speak out about their experiences and help “smash the stigma” that is often tied to mental illness.

Date and time: May 29, 2020 at 12 pm and 5 pm

Where: Facebook: @theyellowtulipproject, Twitter: @yellowtuliporg, Youtube: Yellow Tulip Project, Instagram: @theyellowtulipproject

Show your support: Color and display the attached coloring sheets in the windows of your homes and/or business. We encourage you to join in, get your families and friends involved, and start conversations about mental health.


Last fall, stakeholders from the Greater Bangor area planted Hope Gardens consisting of yellow tulips across the region during Mental Health Month. This year’s event is being held virtually to respect physical distancing restrictions, yet remains a collective effort of Bangor community members to support mental health awareness. Together, The Yellow Tulip Project and its supporters will share a message of hope on social media as they celebrate the blooming of these Hope Gardens.
The Yellow Tulip Project was founded in 2016 by a Portland student, Julia Hansen, who tragically lost her two best friends to suicide—the yellow tulips are a positive symbol of the organization. The Yellow Tulip Project is supported by Northern Light Acadia Hospital, The Bangor Region YMCA Teen Center, Herman High School, John Bapst Memorial High School, the University of Maine, the City of Bangor, and many others.