Tree aims to break stigma

Tree aims to break stigma

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The Rotary Club of Armadale painted a tree blue. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

The Rotary Club of Armadale partnered with the Blue Tree Project to paint a beautiful tree on Forest Road blue in recognition of mental health.

This project was to encourage people to start the difficult conversation and to open up if someone is suffering from depression and/or anxiety and contemplating suicide.

On Tuesday, November 9, the Rotary Club of Armadale painted a tree on private property blue in remembrance of a life lost to suicide in response to a request from the Blue Tree Foundation.

A local tree lopping service donated the use of a cherry-picker to reach the upper parts of the tree.

From 9am the group painted the tree, to spread paint and the message that it’s okay not to be okay, which helps break the stigma that’s still largely attached to mental health.

A good turnout showed up to help paint the tree, which is now a vibrant blue.

Blue trees are appearing all over Perth as part of the Blue Tree Project, to remind people of the significance of mental health and how much it impacts people.

Blue Tree Project organise a range of events to engage with communities including painting days such as the one involving the Rotary Club.