Tree shines a blue light on mental health struggles  

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If ever we needed to look on the bright side of life, then it is now.

The City is now home to its first bright blue tree (on public land), which can be seen at the corner of Marmion Avenue, Warwick Road – in the Duncraig Library car park.

The tree was painted by the City on Friday 29 January as a reminder to the community about the importance of maintaining positive mental health, while shining a light on issues such as anxiety, depression and suicide.

The City has received a number of requests to paint a blue tree. It is hoped the Blue Tree Program will now include the Duncraig tree on its tree register which totals more than 600 across Australia.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said COVID-19 and the recent lockdown had taken a toll on some community members and urged anyone struggling with their mental health to seek help as soon as possible.

“Depression and anxiety can strike anyone. It knows no boundaries. There is no shame in asking for a helping hand,” he said.

“These are challenging times and it’s important we all look out for each other. Nobody is infallible.”

Visit beyondblue.org.au for further mental health advice. To find out more about the Blue Tree project, visit bluetreeproject.com.au