The Country are proud to produce our very first Country Cookbook to raise funds for an important emerging charity Will To Live. This charitable foundation is dedicated to providing support to vulnerable young rural New Zealanders who are often isolated from essential mental health services. Will To Live’s mission is to improve mental health awareness, wellbeing education and leadership skills in young rural people across rural New Zealand
Suicide in rural New Zealand is higher than any other demographic & has a lasting ripple effect through a small, rural community especially with our young people, who are often the largest statistic. 70% of rural New Zealanders have felt increased stress over the last 5 years. Those aged 18-39 were the most affected by stress and anxiety – we believe this needs to change!
While our country’s suicide stats are hard to come to terms with the raw human cost is an even greater tragedy. Will to Live was founded by Elle Perriam after her 20-year-old boyfriend Will took his own life. Elle created the Foundation in response to a desperate need for more initiatives that would get young people talking honestly and openly and feeling OK about seeking help. Will to Live is a travelling support service with events run across the country. Held in rural pubs the events kick off with a “speak up/bark up”. The 'Speak Up' bark-up at each event is unique to 'Will to Live'. After a moment of silence for those that have lost their lives to depression, Elle calls Jess (Will’s dog) to 'Speak Up' which breaks the silence and is followed by the rural community’s huntaway’s together in unison.
Please enjoy your copy of The Country Cookbook knowing it is making a difference across our communities throughout rural New Zealand. We would also like to extend our thanks to our media partners who have supported this endeavour.
If you would like to find out more about Will To Live and the incredible work they are doing visit their website www.willtolivenz.com.