In an effort to destigmatize the struggles we all experience in life, Recognize & Rise has adopted the theme “It Happens. But it doesn’t have to define us.”
To bring that to life, we are staging group balloon releases, signifying participants’ “letting go” of something they have been struggling with. By doing this in a group, we recognize we are not alone in dealing with chronic stress, adversity and emotional trauma. We build a sense of commonality and community.