William's flower is the Australian Flannel Flower. The best known and most attractive of the flannel flowers is commonly called the SYDNEY FLANNEL FLOWER,
actually ranges from the far south-east of NSW into South Queensland,
and up as far north as the sandstone tablelands inland from Rockhampton.
Flannel Flower has been adopted as Australia's national symbol
to promote awareness of mental health. It has even been
trademarked to the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) as its
symbol for the promotion and celebration of mental health.
To survive the
extremes of Australia’s climate the Flannel Flower has had to be adaptable, in
the same way, all of us, regardless of our life circumstances, need to develop
resilience and the ability to adapt to change, in order to strengthen and
maintain our mental health.
The Flannel Flower, with
its soft silky texture, encourages contact, and is thought to help people express
their feelings verbally and to develop sensitivity.
(Mental Health Council of Australia)
Helping people to live positive and aware lives.