Blue Tree Project unveiled in Oberon
02 Jun 2022
A giant blue tree is becoming a colourful conversation starter in the town of Oberon, it serving as a peaceful, contemplative space for residents to sit and reflect.
The metallic sculpture was installed as part of the Blue Tree Project, a nationwide initiative acknowledging those who've sadly died from suicide.
The tree stands as symbol to spark difficult conversations and encourage people to speak up when battling mental health concerns.
Director of Mental Health, Matthew Russell attended the unveiling alongside Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) Coordinator, Sonia Cox who has helped champion the project.
“Suicide sadly affects everyone, and this tree represents the community being there to support you,” says Sonia.
“It's hoped this project will raise awareness and enable recognition of the signs that your friend, your family or even your neighbour may be struggling with mental health. It is up to us as a community to start a conversation and offer our support.”
Members of the community assisted in the design and construction of the tree at various workshops earlier in the year and can now be viewed at the Oberon Common.
If you or someone you know needs mental health support, please contact the 24-hour Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 or call 000 for emergencies.