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

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Edgar Centre

116 Portsmouth Drive

Dunedin, OTA 9012

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A practical 2 day workshop on implementing effective wellbeing initiatives for whānau and in settings - schools, workplaces & communities

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It is commonly stated that there is no health without mental health. It is a foundational pillar for wellbeing and resiliency. 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.

While, as a country, we have not experienced the direct impact of COVID-19 in terms of serious illness or deaths, the secondary impacts of the pandemic are likely to have a severe impact on individual whānau and community wellbeing.

Government has just released Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa: Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Recovery Plan with the stated goal "to protect and enhance people's wellbeing so that they can adapt and thrive after their lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic."

The workshop will draw on the facilitator's extensive work in assisting organisations, local and state government and health authorities in Australia to develop and implement mental wellbeing recovery and/or suicide prevention strategies in response to significant events such as Port Arthur Massacre, closure of major industries in a region, droughts and other natural disasters.

Evaluation of these strategies clearly showed that successful implementation and achieving sustainable impact requires local leadership and a skilled workforce that is knowledgeable of and competent in the application of mental wellbeing theory and principles. This workshops focuses on building organisational and community capability to implement successful mental wellbeing initiatives using COVID-19 recovery as the case study for the two days.

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

The government’s strong focus on wellbeing has created a greater awareness of the key role of wellbeing in enabling individuals and communities to thrive. Well individuals contribute to well whānau, schools and workplaces, communities, economies and society.

“Tangata aka ana I te kāenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana.”​ - “A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society.”

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.

Informed by social, cultural and environmental determinants, adopting a wellbeing framework enables non-health agencies, such as local government, identify how they can be "agents of wellbeing" and so incorporate wellbeing outcomes in their policy development and programme delivery.

Mental wellbeing is deeply connected to wider wellbeing in our society. We need to embed this understanding in everything we do – within our mental health and addiction system, our wider health and social system, and at every level of society.                     He Ara Oranga – Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry


Workshop Description

This two day workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and the practice of promoting mental wellbeing in communities and different settings – workplaces and schools. Using the latest research and evidence of efficacy, emphasis will be on participants being able to apply the theory to the practical application in their work context as well as being able to critique and assess the efficacy of different approaches to promoting mental wellbeing.

Drawing on over thirty years of working in mental wellbeing, learnings from designing, implementing and evaluating mental wellbeing programmes including the pitfalls and solutions to common problems that arise will be shared. Participants will have the opportunity to identify a set of wellbeing outcomes and apply them to a wellbeing programme logic. A proven model of collaborative partnerships using the principles of collective impact and transformational change which has been applied in numerous settings and populations will also be examined.

Topics covered

  • Theoretical foundations of mental wellbeing

  • Why mental wellbeing is essential in pandemic recovery

  • The 'new normal" - role of coping, adjusting and adapting in mental wellbeing

  • The Wheel of Wellbeing (WoW) model

  • Social cultural and economic determinants of mental wellbeing

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

  • The difference between a mental health and a mental wellbeing approach

  • Application of mental wellbeing principles to broader health promotion strategies

  • Mental wellbeing indicators and outcomes – Developing a programme logic

  • Mental wellbeing programme design, implementation and evaluation

  • Overview of Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool

  • Collaborative partnerships for wellbeing - whole of community approach

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

“So glad I came. Going away with heaps of knowledge and know how to apply in our workplace wellbeing plan. Fantastic opportunity to learn from someone so experienced and knowledgeable .”Health and Safety and Wellbeing Officer

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

“I now have a better understanding of the role of local government in promoting wellbeing and useful strategies on 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 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 local and national programmes and is recognised for his work in creating collaborative partnerships to promote wellbeing.

Barry has lectured on wellbeing both nationally and internationally and been appointed to numerous government advisory committees on mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.  He brings to this workshop extensive experience in advising communities and government on post-disaster recovery in terms of both mental wellbeing promotion / community resiliency 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 as an enabler of wellbeing.

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:  10       Maximum Number of Participants:  30Places in each workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist. 

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, DHBs, PHOs, Schools and tertiary organisations, businesses.

By selecting Pay By Invoice the organisation agrees to the following conditions:

1.  Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until payment has been received. Payment of the invoice must be made within seven days of registering to avoid having your registration cancelled.

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

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

Catering: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.

Scholarships: 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% or 50%  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 PolicyWorkshops 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 seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop:  Full Refund less $30 + GST admin feeCancellation within seven 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 

Cancellation of Workshop by TaylorMade: TaylorMade Training and Consulting (TMTC) reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled, participants will be offered a refund either by way of a credit to attend another TMTC workshop (within 12 months of the cancelled workshop) or full refund of their registration fee.  Refunds will made by electronic transfer into a bank account specified by the participant. TMTC accept no responsibility for any other costs incurred by participant as a result of a workshop cancellation. 


The information provided in the workshop handout notes and at the workshops are the views of the trainer, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TaylorMade Training and Consulting. The information and professional advice delivered in the workshop and the associated printed material is provided solely on the basis that before relying on this material, participants should obtain appropriate advice relevant to their particular circumstance to evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes. TaylorMade Training and Consulting will not be liable for any damages of any kind to any person or entity arising from the use of this information. Your attendance at this workshop reflects your acceptance of this statement.

Organiser Contact DetailsBarry TaylorPrincipal ConsultantTaylorMade Training and ConsultingEmail:      04 905 6145Mobile:    022 104 5060Website:

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