A ‘Blue Lease on Life’:
Blue Tree Project began as a grass roots project and has now flourished into a not-for-profit making an impact across Australia. Their mission is to help spark difficult conversations and encourage people to speak up when battling with mental health concerns. By giving dead trees ‘a blue lease on life’ they hope to spread the paint and spread the message that ‘it’s ok to not be ok’.
The Blue Tree Project is inspired by a story shared at Jayden Whyte’s funeral, after taking his own life in November 2018. Jayden painted a tree blue on his family farm, in Mukinbudin Western Australia, after sneaking out one night.
The blue tree once that was once painted as a practical joke now holds a whole new meaning, and acts as a beacon of hope for those struggling. These visual reminders (blue trees) help us check-in with our mates, loved ones going through a hard time and even on ourselves. Some are in remote locations, others centrally located within metropolitan areas – all with the same mission.
With over 650+ trees painted across Australia and many trees popping up internationally, it highlights the need for such a project during tough times. Blue Tree Project want to make going to the doctor or counsellor for our mental health, the same as going for our physical health. There should be no fear of judgment or outdated prejudice that stops someone asking for a helping hand during difficult times.
Recent times have been challenging and it’s now more important than ever to check in ask ‘how are you really?’. The added stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic pose a challenge moving forward and the greatest concern now is that the ‘next wave’ will in fact be a mental health epidemic.
If you are finding yourself a little bogged down or emotionally exhausted try:
- Speaking with family and friends
- Reaching out to someone who has had the same struggles in the past.
- Calling on support services such as Mensline, Lifeline, Relationships Australia
Visit our support page for all forums, text-lines and call numbers: https://www.bluetreeproject.com.au/get-support
Helping break down the stigma that is still largely attached to mental health is important to helping create a mentally healthy future. To find out how you can get involved, whether it be championing their merch or painting a tree please visit www.bluetreeproject.com.au to find out more.