COOPERSBURG, Pa. – Across the street from Pappy’s Orchard and Lisa’s Kitchen in Coopersburg, Lehigh County, are thousands and thousands of sunflowers.
Bright flowers do more than just catch the rays and attract attention.
“Mazes have a calming effect, and being in nature also has positive attributes like improving your mental health,” said Esther Ueffer, who started the nonprofit Petals 4 Hope.
The mission behind the maze is to raise awareness and increase resources for those struggling with mental health issues. Esther knows the struggle.
“When I went from school to my professional life as a physiotherapist, that transition was really difficult. And it was kind of when things fell into place that I was not well and I ‘needed help,’ she said.
Esther says that as beautiful, therapeutic and healing as the flowers are, it has been a journey to get here and to maintain it, very symbolic of her own journey with mental health.
“Sometimes the weeds come back. And that’s okay. Because you can always take care of them and find beauty,” she said.
She says that with the help of professionals, she is able to manage her mind better and hopes the nature walk will bring relief to others.
“It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a tough road, but keep at it and you’ll get there. It’s okay,” she said.
Proceeds from Petals 4 Hope will benefit treatment trends in Allentown.
Esther hopes to continue her mission this season for the next few weeks and then return next year.
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