What we can learn from the dark
Marissa Green offers different ways to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing
PERSEPHONE, THE DAUGHTER OF THE MIGHTY GREEK GOD ZEUS, was snatched by Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, whilst picking beautiful flowers in a garden. Demeter, her mother, was so distraught by the kidnapping that she stopped caring about the harvest or the growth of food on earth and famine spread across the land. Zeus commanded Hades to return Persephone to Demeter, but Hades explained that she could not be freed as she had eaten food from the soil of the Underworld. Hades commanded that Persephone could only return to Demeter for two thirds of the year. It was said that when Persephone returned, the flowers bloomed and the crops grew in abundance.
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