Kendall Whyte is the 2022 Young Australian of the Year for Western Australia, and founder of Blue Tree Project, a grass-roots charity, making an impact across Australia. The mission of Blue Tree Project is to help spark difficult conversations and break down the stigma of mental health, by giving dead trees ‘a blue lease on life’.
Hear the story of how the painted blue trees that are dotted across the globe have become symbols of hope and conversations starters.
Kendall Whyte’s work is helping spread the message that “it’s ok to not be ok”. By speaking openly and authentically, she’s helping break down the fear of judgement that stops people seeking help for mental illness.
Key Points for Kendall Whyte
- Kendall Whyte is the Founder & CEO of Blue Tree Project.
- She is the 2022 Young Australian of the Year for Western Australia.
- Kendall is a leader in the mental health space, recognised for creating an important initiative that builds awareness and starts a conversation about mental health.
- She has appeared in the media, on podcasts, and articles using these opportunities to talk about her personal loss and the importance of destigmatising mental health.
- Her project has gained a lot of attention from supporters seeking to help within their community. A mere few include BHP, Rio Tinto, Corrective Services NSW, UWA & Trinity College.
- Kendall Whyte has been an admired speaker at many events including private corporate events (Brookfield & Fortescue), forums (BCCI Women’s Leadership Forum) and conferences (Zero2Hero Youth Conference).