Harrowing story behind a lonely blue tree in drought-ridden land takes a sinister turn when it is burned to the ground
- A beloved tribute to a lone tree painted blue has burned to the ground
- It wpainted as part of the Blue Tree Project to raise mental health awareness
- Project started as a tribute to Jayden Whyte, a 29-year-old who died of suicide
A tribute that scammed the locals in a drought-stricken region of Queensland has been brutally destroyed by vandals.
The lonely tree, which stood on Dirranbandi, was burned to the ground a few months after it was painted as part of the Blue Tree Project.
The project began as a tribute to Jayden Whyte, a 29-year-old who died of suicide in 2018 after trying to seek help for his mental health on the same day.
A lone blue tree, which as a part of the Blue Tree Project drew attention to mental health, was burned to the ground a few months after it was painted
At his funeral, a story was read in which Jayden was told to fool his father in 2014 by painting one of the trees on their family farm blue.
The story led to the Blue Tree Project, which was created to make people aware of mental health problems and to remind people to check their loved ones.
Blue trees soon started popping up all over Australia.
In October the locals were mainly attracted by one blue tree in Dirranbandi.
Jayden White (left) are sisters Kendall and Erryn and parents Adrienne and Grant (right)
But just a few months after it was painted, the tree was destroyed by fire last week, destroying the local population.
‘My commuter traffic from Dirranbandi looked a little different this morning, someone burned down the blue tree at night, what is actually wrong with some people? , Said a woman.
‘Really? So disappointing, “another wrote.
More than 400 trees have been painted since the start of the project.
For anyone looking for support, contact the numbers below.
Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636, Lifeline at 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service at 1300 659 467.
The project began as a tribute to Jayden Whyte, a 29-year-old who died of suicide in 2018. Soon blue trees emerged throughout Australia