Since September, students have been finding crocheted frogs across campus hidden on bookshelves, in the grass or even in classrooms.
These frogs are part of an unofficial scavenger hunt: photos of the frogs are posted on the Instagram account @crochetfrogsunc at least twice a week with a hint revealing their location. Each is found within a few minutes.
The account is run by an anonymous student under the name of UNC Crochet Frogger, who said their therapist taught them how to crochet as a coping skill for anxiety.
The Crochet Frogger said they started crocheting more as a way to destress following the on-campus shooting in August, and they began making crocheted frogs for their friends.
“I gave it to them and just saw how happy it made them, and so I was like ‘Oh, I can do that for people. I can make them feel happy,’” they said. "So then I started crocheting frogs and leaving them around campus.”
They said their brother suggested making an Instagram account to help people find the frogs. Since then the account has amassed over 1,000 followers, and they have hidden dozens of frogs.
The Crochet Frogger also posts mental health resources for students, on and off campus.
For World Mental Health Day, they even collaborated with suicide prevention organization Walk. Support. Glow. to hide frogs with notes containing the information of various organizations.
The Crochet Frogger said that mental health is an issue close to their heart, and that they want to make these resources more accessible.