If you or someone you know has ever been affected by depression, you're not alone.
Nearly three million Australians live with depression and/or anxiety, which affects their wellbeing, personal relationships, career and productivity. (1)
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. (2)
Add to this a high-rotation news cycle filled with endless images of fear and destruction, and advertising that tells us we're never quite good / fit / attractive / rich / cool / popular enough. It can all become overwhelming - and sometimes tragically so.
But we have an idea
We know we can't solve every problem for everyone - but we believe we can help some people, sometimes.
If we can replace a negative message with a positive one, or take a cold blank space and turn it into somewhere warm and supportive, that's a good start.
We don’t know where, when or with whom our messages might connect - so we take every opportunity we can to spread our message. Be it a wall, postcard, billboard, or social media post, every Positive Sign we create has the potential to improve the happiness, health and productivity of one person - or thousands of people, or even millions. So we hope to create lots!
The power of Words
Whether it's a rousing speech to millions or softly spoken encouragement from a friend, words have incredible power - they can inspire remarkable achievements and change the course of history, or simply to bring cheer and comfort when it's needed most.
Spoken by real people, each quote has the power to uplift, inspire and help us all to face our challenges, big and small.
The power of these quotes is boosted by an unignorably cheerful colour palette, and reenforced with simple, iconic illustrations. It's serious stuff, but it's fun too.
(1) Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.
(2) Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.