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Will to Live - helping rural NZ's most vulnerable young people

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'Will to Live' provides on-going mental health awareness and education touring regional NZ.

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Suicide in rural New Zealand is higher than any other demographic having a lasting ripple effect through a community - especially with our young people, who are often the largest statistic.


'Will to Live' was formed as a chartiable foundation to provide on-going awareness and education through touring regional New Zealand targeted at the vulnerable young rural New Zealanders who are often isolated from essential mental health services.

Elle Perriam, founder of Will to Live, lost her partner who was a North Otago shepherd to suicide in 2017 and she is determined to spread a positive message of gratitude to encourage relisence using her late partner's huntaway, Jess, as a symbolic reminder of the need to Speak Up collectively.


On the 2019 Speak Up Tour (June-August 2019), Elle, Jess and many inspirational local and national speakers will host a casual evening of talks & tips on the topic of getting through the tough times on your own when help might not be near, and how to navigate the storms together as a community.

Use of funds

Your donation will contribute to the costs of the 2019 Speak Up Tour & the on-going work of Will to Live, including a 2020 tour focused on improving the education of farm managers/owners on the wellbeing of their workers.

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  • SGHS Young Farmers Club

    SGHS Young Farmers Club on 27 Aug 2019


    Our donation towards Will to Live was raised from a quiz night from Southland Girls' High School Young Farmers Club. Our senior members recently attended the Winton Tour. We believe this is a great cause and wish to see more tours and workshops continue for people within the farming community SGHS Young Farmers Club


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 06 Aug 2019


    great initiative - thanks for coming to Middlemarch


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 25 Jun 2019



  • K Peza

    K Peza on 04 Jun 2019



  • Bronny Perriam

    Bronny Perriam on 04 Jun 2019



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