Peyton is the son of my friend and former colleague, David James, and the mission of The Peyton Heart Project is similar to my own. It is to “help raise global awareness about suicide and bullying and to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.”
The Peyton Heart Project was inspired by a 13-year-old boy,
Peyton James, who died by suicide in October 2014.
During Peyton’s thirteen years, he was the victim of bullying. Such abhorrent harassment weighs on young, impressionable minds. Eventually, the challenge is too much for an adolescent; hope fades. Bullying oftentimes leads to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety which result in the increased possibility of suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-24.
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This project’s crocheted hearts represent the hearts of lives lost to suicide; each has a loving, encouraging quote affixed, and they are placed around the world for people to find. The hope is that these hearts are a catalyst for people to pause a moment and reflect on a young life lost to suicide. Kindness does remain in this world.
Visit the The Peyton Heart Project to participate!
Also, check out the multitude of hearts found around the world
and posted on the following social media sites…
A few photos are posted on my page, Hearts Around the World.