Multiple locations across Logan underwent make-overs last week to spread “positive vibes” during Queensland Mental Health Week.
A public staircase at Meadowbrook received a new paint job that features messages of hope, while two trees at Cedar Grove Environmental Centre and Logan Reserve’s Loganview Park were painted blue to support the Blue Tree Project – an Australian social movement founded in 2019 to raise awareness of mental health.
The trees were also decorated with bright white handprints of community members who helped welcome the trees.
Meadowbrook’s new ‘Hope Stairs’ on Loganlea Road features inspirational messages from the community contributed through council’s Have Your Say website in September.
Local residents’ words have been painted on the steps to spark hope and help raise awareness of mental health concerns, including suicide.
This project is the result of ongoing conversations between council and The Solitude Project, a Queensland-based “lived experience” organisation with a history of supporting and promoting good mental health in Logan.
Council’s economic development chair, councillor Jon Raven, said both projects would serve as important reminders to Logan residents to continue supporting each other.
“Our community is at its best when we work together to help those who may be struggling,” Cr Raven said.
“It is our hope that even in our busy lives, these eye-catching new artworks will encourage people to stop, and take stock of the things that really matter.”
City Lifestyle Chair, Councillor Tony Hall, said the bold new mental health reminders would be hard to miss.
“As the saying goes, sometimes a fresh lick of paint is all you need to spruce things up,” Cr Hall said.
“These brilliant new paint jobs will brighten our communities while also reminding everyone that nothing is quite as bleak as it seems.”