BLUE TREE PROJECT – OUR 2021 CHARITY

#MERC  is more than just a competition it is an opportunity for us to support charities who are making a difference in the lives of people daily. This year we will be supporting the Blue Tree Project who are on a mission to help break down the stigma that is still largely attached to  #MentalHealth .

The Blue Tree Project are a not-for profit organisation that take a unique approach to encourage people to speak up when battling mental health concerns by painting and spreading the message that “it’s OK to not be OK”.

There are currently 524 Blue trees spread across Australia, New Zealand, America and Europe that are part of this project and at this years MERC event the Blue Tree Project team will be coming down to the grounds and having an interactive display where you will be able to paint tree statues blue.

Learn more about the Blue Tree Project here
https://lnkd.in/gJ2BePj

A message from Blue Tree Project founder Kendall Whyte

I can’t thank the team behind MERC enough for choosing to support Blue Tree Project at their incredible 2020 event. MERC was certainly the highlight of our event calendar for the year and are very grateful for the $25,000 donation. This donation will go a long way in helping keep Blue Tree Project active out in the regional and rural areas; supporting community painting events, Lad’s Luncheons and school visits, thanks to the generosity of the whole MERC family.

I know mental health within the resources sector remains a huge issue. And there is no one-size fits all ‘solution’. But we applaud MERC for being proactive and involving our project within the event and only hope to grow the relationship moving forward. Here’s to a mentally healthy future together!

Thank you for your hard work and kindness, it’s very much appreciated.

All the best,
Kendall

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.