THE 'WILL TO LIVE' IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION
100% FUNDED BY RURAL NZ, FOR RURAL NZ
Suicide in rural New Zealand is higher than any other demographic having a lasting ripple effect throughout a community - especially with our young people, who are often the largest statistic.
Will To Live is a Rural Health Charitable Trust founded in 2018 by Elle Perriam after her partner, a young farmer unfortunately took his own life. Will To Live has been promoting mental health awareness, providing one on one support, free education and well-being tools to small rural communities, often isolated from mental health resources.
All fundraising efforts and donations will go towards the Rural Change fund.
More about the Rural Change fund:
In September 2021 Will To Live launched “Rural Change” which is a fund for private mental health professionals for New Zealand Farmers. This was motivated by the devastatingly long 8-week waiting list to see a psychologist or counsellor currently in the public health system and is now the sole focus of the charity after waitlists soared in early 2023, causing the funD to be put on hold while the team sought further funding to address the influx of applications.