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The Blue Tree Project

Encouraging people to speak up when experiencing mental health concerns.

Plan Your Visit | Duke Street Park

The story behind the Blue Tree at Duke St. Park and kicking the stigma of mental health, one blue tree at a time.

After a recent trip by road to the Eastern States, Liz and Noel came across a Blue Tree in the middle of nowhere. The tree was surrounded by small stones with heartfelt messages of love and dedication to loved ones who had passed away suddenly and, in many cases, by suicide.

On returning to Albany, they both approached local organisations about undertaking a similar project here in Albany. Unfortunately, their requests were met with little to no interest.

A few weeks ago, Liz and Noel noticed our existing Blue Tree in Duke Street Park. They approached Albany Historical Society with the concept of the tree. Liz and Noel are two lovely, caring and compassionate people. After discussing the project with our committee, we decided it was a great idea and something we would be only too happy to accommodate as a community organisation.

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This beautiful Blue Tree has been erected to encourage all people to talk about their mental health. The Blue Tree initiative found its roots at Mukinbudin. W.A. and has spread worldwide.

The purple and teal buckets hung from our tree are the colours associated with suicide prevention, which can be too often a tragic consequence of major depression.

We encourage visitors to this special site to select a stone and write a heartfelt message to a loved one who has passed on or taken suddenly. We hope that this beautiful and tranquil park will become a place of remembrance for those people who did not get the opportunity to say goodbye to a loved one.

This special site is a place to reflect and remember those we have lost. Please leave your stone at the base of the tree, and in time, it will be incorporated into the garden.

 

The AHS wishes to acknowledge Liz Hollingworth and Noel Higgs, our fantastic garden team, for contributing to this project.

Blue Tree Project

 

Kicking the stigma of mental health, one blue tree at a time.

Blue Tree Project was founded with a mission to help spark difficult conversations and encourage people to speak up when experiencing mental health concerns. We believe help is never as far away as it feels.

Blue trees dotted across every continent of the world (minus Antarctica) are both beacons of hope, and conversation starters.

 

Something that began out of tragedy now offers a positive way for people to connect and help change the way we talk about mental health.

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A conversation could change a life

 

Got a feeling that someone you know or care about isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it. Learn more about the signs and when it's time to ask R U OK? here.

 

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not OK, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are OK, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.

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