Stigma Project Inspires Origami Messenger Bird

Messenger Bird Project

2017 High School Alliance Project

Isabeau "Issy" Tholen (pictured above left) and Bailey Troud (right), graduates of the 2017 UNMC High School Alliance class, created the Messenger Bird this spring for a stigma assignment. They wanted to create a way of getting information about depression to high school students in a way that would be more interesting than a traditional brochure. The origami bird unfolds to reveal facts about mental illness, along with mental health resources and crisis hotlines.

View the video on this page to learn the inspiration behind the Messenger Bird and detailed instructions to make your own.

A template with folding instructions is also available on this page to download in three colors.


Read more about the High School Alliance course on behavioral health.