Book to share journeys to happiness
Eve Macfarlane and Jonathan (Jono) Nabbs are two friends who met through competitive rowing in 2012.
It was only through opening up and sharing their stories, that they realised they had something else in common - both had suffered from and beaten depression.
Now that the pair have found their happy places again, they are working together on a project they have aptly named How We Got Happy.
How We Got Happy will be a coffee table book that won’t be a ‘how-to’ guide, but rather, a collection of stories about the things that have worked to help a group of 20 young Kiwis get and stay well.
The focus of How We Got Happy is not to dwell on where the depression came from in the first place, but more about how it was beaten.
To date 16 people in their 20s from diverse backgrounds around New Zealand have told their stories.
They are still on the lookout for four people to get the right balance.
‘‘When we looked for help in books and websites, we found a lot of info on how depression made people feel and how bad our national statistics were; but not a lot of info on what paths people took Macfarlane said.
‘‘We now want to share peoples positive stories of recovery in a constructive, optimistic style to provide relatable info for people going through their own struggles.’’
Eve, 25, lives in Raglan, is a World champion rower who competed at the Rio Olympic Games and works for the Raglan Coconut Yoghurt Company.
Jono, 27, spent his early 20’s to recover,’’ rattling through the Christchurch earthquakes while at Canterbury University and now manages one of New Zealand’s largest high-welfare piggeries - Te Aroha’s Rawhiti Pork.
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHF) has also endorsed the project.
If you would like to get in touch with Eve and Jono and share your story in How We Got Happy, email email@example.com