Bright, lovely and cheerful yellow is the color of sunshine, happiness, positivity, energy and enthusiasm. Representing the best of people in clarity, intellect, loyalty and joy, it also is used to show increased muscle or mental activity and can stimulate memory, enhance vision and stimulate the nervous system. Yellow awareness ribbons are most often used to show support for military and prisoners of war, suicide prevention and obesity.
Military awareness helps the public demonstrate appreciation for successes and sacrifice made by our service members. Many people have died in service to our country, and yellow ribbon jewelry, accessories and even tattoos help keep the conversation going around the needs of our military men and women, especially those that are far from home and family.
Knowing the warning signs of suicide can mean that you are able to get them the help they need before it is too late. Suicide is preventable, but having a conversation about it can be challenging – and even when you are able to communicate, how can you be sure you are not making the pain worse? Feelings of anger and hopelessness, as well as withdrawal can be signs that trouble is brewing.
Obesity awareness often centers around letting individuals know that there is hope and help for the 93 million Americans who are faced with this disease on a daily basis. The fight to eliminate weight bias is real, and elevating the conversation of weight can help support individuals who are affected.
Yellow ribbons are used to raise awareness of the following:
Whether you are supporting testicular cancer, sarcoma, bladder cancer or COPD, awareness jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets and key chains can give you a way to start a conversation or just say “thank you” to prolific donors or volunteers who refuse to quit no matter the challenges they encounter.