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An Idaho State University Mental Health Awareness Project


Japanese Folklore says that the crane lives to be 1,000 years old. Their tradition says if you fold 1,000 origami cranes your hope/wish/prayer will be granted. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, please join us by folding a crane to add to this installation as a symbol of community, hope, and help. Sometimes it takes an entire community to come together to make one wish come true. The origami can be a bit challenging, but so is life, and there will be times when you are struggling or feel lost and need to ask your neighbor for help or offer help to someone else if you see them struggling.

Before you start folding, please write a hope/wish/prayer or message that you would want someone to hear if they were struggling or feeling overwhelmed. Please donate your crane to the community art project as we plan to create a visual display of the community of care that exists on the Idaho State University campus. 

Idaho State University continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, and the safety and well-being of our entire campus community is our top priority. The University is strictly following guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and state and local public health officials. Due to these guidelines, all future tabeling events have been canceled. You are welcome to continue folding cranes to donate to the display at a later date. 



orange paper crane