The Monarch Butterfly is a majestic butterfly which has been chosen as a symbol for people affected by mental illness. In the early stage of its development, the cocoon-like condition of the butterfly resembles the depressed and withdrawn feelings commonly shared by people whose lives are affected by mental illness. It is without beauty or even the promise of brightness. The transition from cocoon to the delicate monarch, rich in color, symbolizes the journey so many people travel when their lives are affected by mental illness. The colors of the triumphant monarch suggests warm sunshine, brightness and hope. Just as people affected by mental illness travel toward recovery, health and wholeness, the majestic monarch overcomes many obstacles as it travels hundreds of miles in migration.