Geelong Cemeteries Trust officially opened the Blue Tree on Tuesday 10 October 2023, to mark National Paint a Blue Tree Day and World Mental Health Day.
The tree, part of the Blue Tree Project, is a mental health awareness initiative which aims to spark difficult conversations and encourage people to speak up when battling mental health concerns. Started in Western Australia, it flourished into a charity after Jayden Whyte took his own life in 2018.
A Blue Tree, which is typically dead before being painted by the community, has in this instance been locally made and installed as an enduring symbol. The sculpture stands as an acknowledgement and recognition of mental health within our region. The current 1044 Blue Tree’s dotted across Australia, including ours at Geelong Memorial Park, are beacons of hope.
Geelong Cemeteries Trust warmly welcomes all within our communities to visit the Blue Tree sculpture.
Geelong Memorial Park
42-110 Burvilles Road, Armstrong Creek, 3217