Symbolic blue tree sparks conversation

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph

National Empowerment Program Kwinana participants are hoping to encourage people to speak up about mental health by painting a local tree blue as part of the Blue Tree Project.

A tall tree opposite the Kwinana tennis courts, located off Gilmore Avenue, has been painted blue as a visual reminder that “it’s OK to feel blue once in a while”.

Project organiser Jade Blaskett said the NEP Kwinana participants had recently become aware of social emotional wellbeing and issues in the community, and decided to join the Blue Tree Project to help keep conversations about mental health active.

She said awareness, prevention and early intervention were important in reducing stigma and promoting positive health.

“It’s about helping raise awarenesses around mental health and wellbeing in our community,’ she said.

“We want to help spread the paint and the message that it’s OK not to be OK.

“Our tree can act as a visual reminder to check in with loved ones and friends that are having a rough time.”

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