The Blue Tree Project for Rockingham, Western Australia
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On the 4th June 2019 our 17 year old son sadly took his life. His girlfriend sent the Rockingham Council an email in July inquiring whether Rockingham could participate in The Blue Tree Project. She only recently received a response which was insensitive, uneducated and very disappointing. The Blue Tree Project is about hope, it not about memorializing our son, it is about sparking a conversation and getting the community involved in something positive concerning Mental Health.
The story was recently covered by The West Australian, the Sound Telegraph and also 6PR talk back radio where the Rockingham Mayor stated that the Blue Tree was thoroughly discussed and that the Councillors had voted against. We have since found out that this was not the case.
From The Blue Tree Project's Website:
WHAT IS The
BLUE TREE PROJECT?
Our mission is to help spark difficult conversations and encourage people to speak up when battling mental health concerns. 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.
Currently over 31 other councils within W.A. are participating, many within the Perth Metro area, and many more across Australian and even the world. The Blue Tree Project has become one of the strongest icon yet associated to Mental Health. We find it hard then to comprehend why the Rockingham Council is so steadfast in their denial of our community participating in such a positive Mental Health awareness campaign.
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