You may have seen the blue trees around Canning. These are part of the Blue Tree Project.
The Blue Tree Projects signifies that it's OK to feel a little blue and is a reminder that there are always people around to listen and help.
The first blue tree was on a farm in the Western Australian Wheatbelt. It was a practical joke to use up paint and see how long it took for someone to notice. One of the pranksters sadly took his own life some years later, so the tree was repainted by his family members as a tribute. His sister subsequently started the Blue Tree Project to encourage people to talk about their mental health.
By spreading the paint and spreading the message that "it's OK to not be OK", we can help break down the stigma that's still largely attached to mental health.
Visit the Blue Tree Project website to learn more.
Canning Blues Trees
Canning Arts Centre
Address: 72 Riley Rd, Riverton
Mary MacKillop Park
Address: Mary Mackillop Glen, Queens Park
Address: Massey Street, Rossmoyne
Whaleback Golf Course (pictured 1st)
Address: Whaleback Ave, Parkwood
Willetton Senior High School (pictured 2nd)
Address: Pinetree Gully Road, Willetton (near the bike parking, between Gate 4 and 5)
If you need to talk to somebody, please visit the Mental Health Commission website for a list of services.
Support for anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention.
Phone: 1300 224 636 (24 hours, 7 days)
A national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Phone: 13 11 14 (24 hours, 7 days)
Confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
Phone: 1800 551 800 (24 hours, 7 days)
QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTIQ+ peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
Phone: 1800 184 527 (3pm – midnight, 7 days)