Cook Government Supports Regional Mental Health Tour

  • Blue Tree Project received $250,000 as part of the Cook Government’s $8.6 million funding package to support drought-affected farmers in Western Australia
  • Donation will support a regional mental health tour visiting 16 WA locations in June and July
  • Empowering speakers and community events aim to break down the stigma of mental health, foster connection and spark open conversations

The Cook Government is encouraging rural residents to support each other by getting involved in Blue Tree Project’s regional mental health tour.

The charity received $250,000 as part of the Cook Government’s $8.6 million funding package of support for drought-affected farming families.

Blue Tree Project will use the donation to embark on a regional mental health tour across Western Australia – travelling more than 3,000 kilometres, visiting 16 locations and connecting with thousands of people.

The charity will host a range of activities including blue tree paintings, discussion panels with empowering speakers, sporting events and quiz nights.

Key speaker and Blue Tree Project Founder and Chief Executive Officer Kendall Whyte will talk about her own experience and the tragic loss of her brother Jayden in 2018.

The blue tree that was once painted by Jayden as a practical joke at their home in Mukinbudin now acts as a beacon of hope for those struggling, with over 700 trees now painted across Australia and the world.

‘The Unbreakable Farmer’ and one of Australia’s leading mental health advocates Warren Davies will also share his journey of piecing his life back together.

In addition, Blue Tree Project will gather expressions of interest for its accredited mental health first aid training course, with the view of travelling back to equip regional communities with lifesaving skills.

The tour is set to kick off on 19 June and will run until 11 July. For more information visit: https://bluetreeproject.com.au

As stated by Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis:

“Our Government knows that farmers and regional communities across Western Australia have been doing it tough because of the challenging season and future uncertainty of markets.

“In the words of Blue Tree Project Founder and CEO Kendall Whyte, ‘It’s okay not to be okay.’

“We must all work together to break down barriers and encourage people to reach out for support.

“This regional tour will help our rural towns feel more connected through fun events and empowering speakers, but importantly facilitate a better understanding of mental health and the services available.”

As stated by Blue Tree Project Founder and CEO Kendall Whyte:

“Our origins are country based, therefore we know as well as anyone how tough it can be for regional townships, especially farming communities, during times of pressure.

“This tour and the mental health training that follows will allow us to provide a layer of support that otherwise wouldn’t exist.

“We’re just excited to get boots on the ground and connect with the people who have supported us.”

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