Blue Tree day kicks off Mental Health week

Yanchep and Two Rocks residents re-paint the Blue Tree in Charnwood Park yesterday. Picture: Anita McInnes

TO align with Mental Health week the Blue Tree in Charnwood Park was given a fresh coat of paint yesterday.

Amber Caswell of Two Rocks was among those who picked up a roller and applied some paint to the tree.

She said the Blue Tree was a great cause.

“It’s beautiful our community has one,’’ she said.

“It’s a great way for me to meet people and be active in the community.’’

The Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association (TRYRA) event included free icy poles and the Yanchep Community Men’s Shed organised a free sausage sizzle.

New signage was also installed on the tree.

On October 9 last year a dead tree in Charnwood Park was painted blue as part of the Blue Tree project with community members invited to attend and participate in the painting.

Meanwhile, today on World Mental Health day an online survey has opened asking Western Australians to have their say about what they need to stay mentally healthy.

The online wellbeing survey forms part of community consultation to develop a new WA mental health wellbeing framework.

The survey, which is the first community mental health survey in WA to focus specifically on wellbeing, will be open until the end of the month.

The Mental Health Commission is developing the framework to identify initiatives that optimise wellbeing, keep people feeling good emotionally and functioning well psychologically and socially, and prevent mental health conditions.

These initiatives could then be delivered across the whole community or in settings where people learn, work and take part in sport and recreational activities.

The framework will also provide a guide for government agencies, community organisations and private industry to progress their own mental health wellbeing initiatives.

For support, call Lifeline’s 24/7 telephone crisis support services on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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