High Wycombe Blue Tree Project Inspires Difficult Conversations

05 March 2021 9:45 AM

A new community art installation near the Edney Primary School and adjacent to the Meerilinga Family Centre and High Wycombe Child and Adolescent Health Centre is helping raise awareness around new parents’ mental wellbeing.

Unveiled on site last month, the blue square yarn bombing idea is the brainchild of Child Health Nurse Sara Lohmeyer who describes it as a variant of the hugely popular, Blue Tree Project that shines a light on mental health by helping spark difficult conversations.

Prior to the coat’s installation, Ms Lohmeyer thanked everyone involved with the project and shared a heartfelt overview of the process saying, “this process has bought me nothing but joy”. 

“2020 was a difficult year for so many of us but I saw the impact on so many of our new families and wanted to create something that would comfort and inspire them to share their feelings,” she said.

Word soon spread to local knitters and crocheters living at the nearby Rangeview Over 55s Village with seven ladies inspired to add to the 150 squares needed to create the blue tree ‘coat’ that also features a golden thread and butterflies symbolising hope, strength and optimism.

A blue tree yarn bombing register was provided for participants to share their experiences and help new parents understand they are not alone during what can be a difficult and lonely time.

Supported by the City of Kalamunda, Mayor Margaret Thomas said the blue square yarn bombing project is a wonderfully gentle way to let people know it’s ok to have a blue day and it’s definitely ok to talk about it. “I just love that community is at the very heart of this idea,” Cr Thomas said. “When we help and support each other we truly make a difference.”

The blue tree coat is on display near the Edney Primary School and will stay in place for the next few months. 

For more information on volunteering or how you can help out in the community contact the City on (08) 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

© City of Kalamunda 2021