Speak up for suicide awareness

Encouraging resilience: Patutahi Hall will host the 2019 Speak Up tour at the end of August, with a range of inspirational speakers lined up to offer tips on getting through tough times. File picture

The Beef and Lamb New Zealand-supported tour comes to Patutahi Hall on August 31 from 6pm till 9.30pm.

“Suicide in rural New Zealand is higher than in any other demographic, having a lasting ripple effect through a community — especially with our young people, who are often the largest statistic,” a Beef and Lamb NZ spokesman said.

Will to Live was formed as a charitable foundation to provide ongoing awareness and education for 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 resilience, using her late partner’s huntaway, Jess, as a symbolic reminder of the need to speak up collectively.

“On the 2019 Speak Up tour, Elle, Jess and many inspirational local and national speakers will host a casual evening of 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,” the spokesman said.

“Be a part of the powerful Speak Up tour, with hundreds of dogs kicking off the night at the venue from 6.30pm, where we have a moment of silence for those who have lost the battle of depression and then a ‘bark up’ in unison breaks the silence.

“A group photo will be taken as a momento for your community, a reminder of collective strength.”

As part of the event, attendees will receive supper and entertainment.

“A charity auction will take place thanks to the kind generosity of businesses in your local community with all funds going to the ongoing work of Will to Live, including a 2020 tour focused on improving the education of farm managers/owners on the wellbeing of their workers.”

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased from the Eventbrite website.

The Beef and Lamb New Zealand-supported tour comes to Patutahi Hall on August 31 from 6pm till 9.30pm.

“Suicide in rural New Zealand is higher than in any other demographic, having a lasting ripple effect through a community — especially with our young people, who are often the largest statistic,” a Beef and Lamb NZ spokesman said.

Will to Live was formed as a charitable foundation to provide ongoing awareness and education for 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 resilience, using her late partner’s huntaway, Jess, as a symbolic reminder of the need to speak up collectively.

“On the 2019 Speak Up tour, Elle, Jess and many inspirational local and national speakers will host a casual evening of 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,” the spokesman said.

“Be a part of the powerful Speak Up tour, with hundreds of dogs kicking off the night at the venue from 6.30pm, where we have a moment of silence for those who have lost the battle of depression and then a ‘bark up’ in unison breaks the silence.

“A group photo will be taken as a momento for your community, a reminder of collective strength.”

As part of the event, attendees will receive supper and entertainment.

“A charity auction will take place thanks to the kind generosity of businesses in your local community with all funds going to the ongoing work of Will to Live, including a 2020 tour focused on improving the education of farm managers/owners on the wellbeing of their workers.”

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased from the Eventbrite website.

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