Action for Wellbeing: The theory & practice of promoting mental wellbeing -...

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Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

30 Duke Street

Dunedin, OTA 9016

New Zealand

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Without mental health there is no health! It is a foundational pillar for wellbeing and resiliency in the individual, whānau, hapū, iwi and community.

Well individuals contribute to well whānau, schools and workplaces, communities, economies and society

Mental wellbeing is more than the mere absence of mental illness. It is the capacity to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and respond to the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing that respects the importance of culture, diversity, equity, social justice and personal dignity. It forms the basis on which individuals, whānau, hapū and iwi and communities are able to thrive.

Mental wellbeing is a holistic approach which is congruent with most indigenous and non-western cultures’ understanding of health and wellbeing. It is aligned to people’s aspiration of wellbeing for themselves and their whānau. For those living with a mental illness, wellbeing is a cornerstone of the recovery model.

The Government believes that wellbeing belongs at the heart of policymaking - 2019 Budget Statement

Informed by social, cultural and environmental determinants , adopting a wellbeing framework facilitates better engagement with non-health agencies, such as local government who can incorporate wellbeing outcomes in their policy development and programme delivery.

Vision for Mental Wellbeing

Thriving individuals who belong to supportive family, cultural and/or social networks, participating in and contributing to inclusive and safe communities

This two day workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and the practice of promoting mental wellbeing. Drawing on over thirty years of working in mental wellbeing, Barry will provide a critical analysis of the social and cultural determinants of mental wellbeing. He will share his learnings from designing and implementing programmes including the pitfalls and solutions to common problems that arise in implementing such programmes. He will also present his proven model of collaborative partnerships using the principles of collective impact and transformational change which has been applied in numerous settings and populations.

Topics covered

  • Theoretical foundations of mental wellbeing

  • Social and cultural determinants of mental wellbeing

  • Ecological model of wellbeing - the role of place and environment

  • Mental wellbeing and climate change

  • Mental wellbeing indicators and outcomes

  • Population vs settings approaches to mental wellbeing

  • Mental wellbeing programme design, implementation and evaluation

  • Overview of Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool

  • Collaborative partnerships for wellbeing - whole of community approach

  • Application of mental wellbeing principles to broader health promotion strategies

What others have said about this workshop

“Barry’s ability to translate research findings into everyday language means I have a much clearer understanding of the principles of wellbeing and how to apply it to my work”
Community Worker

“Your passion for mental wellbeing made this a thoroughly stimulating workshop”
Health Promoter

“I now have an understanding of the role of local government in promoting wellbeing and how to apply mental wellbeing outcomes to our Community Plan”
Council Policy Officer

“Barry’s understanding of various cultural models of wellbeing meant I felt included and my culture respected”
Pacific Island Community Leader

“Really appreciated the sociological analysis and your understanding of of the impact of inequality, marginalisation and discrimination on people’s wellbeing”
Social Justice Advocate

“A holistic approach to wellbeing which included the spiritual dimension”
Church Minister

“Most helpful workshop I have attended in a very long time”
Programme Facilitator, Mental Health Recovery Service

An opportunity for a day of learning with internationally respected mental wellbeing practitioner and suicidologist, Barry Taylor

Barry has proven leadership over 30 years at local, national and international levels in using community initiatives and strength-based approaches to improve individual and community wellbeing and the prevention of suicide.He has extensive experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes at the local and national level, especially creating collaborativepartnerships to promote wellbeing.

Barry has lectured and mentored programmes, both nationally and internationally, and been appointed to numerous government advisory committees on mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

As a Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long-term interest in the social and cultural determinants of wellbeing, especially the role of gender and he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for promoting wellbeing in men. He has examined the impact of discrimination, internalised stigma, social exclusion or inclusion on mental wellbeing along with the role of human rights.

He embraces a holistic understanding of wellbeing and has an interest in the role spirituality and ecology contributes to a person's wellbeing. Before returning to New Zealand his last project was the re-orienting of a local health district's mental health promotion program to a wellbeing framework, established the South Western Sydney Wellbeing Collaboration, and championed a multicultural adaption of The Five Ways to Wellbeing to meet the diverse cultural demographics of the health district. For this work he was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

After a number of years overseas, Barry has returned to New Zealand both passionate and enthused to make a contribution to promoting wellbeing in this country.


Minimum Number of Participants: 15 Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Places in each workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist. TaylorMade Training and Consulting reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled a full refund will be given.

Payment: Payment is by either Visa or Mastercard.

Organisations can request to pay by invoice. At the payment method part of the registration process click on Change and select Pay By Invoice

Terms for Payment By Invoice

Payment by Invoice is only for NGOs, Government Departments, local government, DHBs, PHOs, Schools and tertiary organisations, businesses.

By selecting Pay By Invoice the organisation must agree to the following conditions:

1. Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until payment has been received.

2. PLEASE IGNORE the invoice from Eventbrite. A Tax Invoice from TaylorMade Training and Consulting will be sent to you separately which will contain bank details for payment.

3. Payment of the invoice must be made within seven days to avoid having your registration cancelled.

4. By registering for the workshop, you agree to the cancellation and policy. (refer below). Organisations who cancel within five working days and have not paid the invoice for the outstanding registration fee is stilll obligated to pay tjhe outstanding debt.

This workshop is fully catered. Please indicate in the registration process if you have any particular dietary requirements. If you register after the registration closing date, while every effort will be made, your dietarty requirements may not be able to be catered.

There is a limited number of partial and full scholarships for those wishing to attend the workshop. Full scholarships are available for mental health consumers, carers and volunteers. Partial scholarships of either 25%, 50% or 75% off the registration fee are available for full time tertiary students in health, social service and disability related courses. Further information and how to apply for a scholarlship is available on the TaylorMade website.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Workshops can fill quickly. If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. The following refund policy is strictly adhered to.

Cancellation up to five working days prior to the commencement of the workshop: Full Refund less $25 admin fee
Cancellation within five working days prior to the commencement of the workshop:
No refund but registration can be transferred to another person. To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending.
No show on the day of workshop: No refund

Organiser Contact Details
Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Office: 04 905 6145
Mobile: 022 104 5060

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