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Kelvin Hotel

20 Kelvin Street

Invercargill, Southland 9810

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Bloody Sad Blokes: Supporting the Depressed Male

This workshop provides an indepth coverage of the issues covered in the Sad Blokes workshops in 2017. While it is useful to have attended last year's workshop, it is not pre-requisite.

In the past ten years we have seen an increase in men experiencing depression. Campaigns using high profile people like John Kirwan have been very successful in dispelling the stigma and the silence around depression and anxiety, especially for men. This has contributed to an increase in men being more prepared to see a health professionals about their depression and anxiety. General Practitioners, mental health services and therapists in private counselling are seeing, in almost unprecedented numbers, men seeking treatment.

This has presented challenges n how to best engage and work with these depressed me who often present very stoic, forthcoming about what is really going on for them and highly guarded about their feelings and expressing emotion.

This workshop offers the opportunity to hear from an internationally respected commentator and suicidologist Barry Taylor and learn about the varying responses by men to depression how they make sense of, and deal with their depression or suicidal distress. Based on 30 years’ experience of working with men who are depressed and drawing on the latest international research findings, Barry will present effective strategies that assist men to navigate through times of distress and depression. Barry also offers his personal insights as a man who has lived with depression for many years.

Topics covered in the workshop are:

  • Overview of depression and anxiety

  • Men’s perceptions on seeking help and sharing problems – the influence of gender socialisation

  • How men experience and manifest their depression and anxiety

  • How culture and age

  • Treatment modalities that work well with men

    • Pharmacological interventions

    • Talking therapies

    • Group vs one-on-one work

    • Using metaphor with men

    • Men and mindfulness

    • Activity based therapies

    • Trauma associated depression

    • Case studies

Target Audience

This workshop is suitable for clinical and non-clinical workers. Research shows that the workers in non-health setting are more likely to engage with suicidal men. For this reason, having 'first point of call' workers who are confident and competent in responding to the distressed or suicidal male has proven highly effective. Workers from a wide range of sectors are encouraged to attend.

What others have said about these workshops.

"Most informative workshop I have attended"

"Should be compulsory for anyone working with men"

"Describes every young man I see at school"

"Inclusive of different cultures"

"World class training"

"Greater insight into depressed and suicidal men"

An opportunity for a day of learning with internationally respected 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. His work has strongly focussed on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention including leadership of New Zealand’s first national response to youth suicide in the late 1980s.

Barry has lectured and mentored programmes, both nationally and internationally, and been appointed to numerous government advisory committees on mental wellebing promotion and suicide prevention. In 2016 he was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

As a Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long-term interest in the social determinants of wellbeing, especially the role of gender and he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for promoting wellbeing in men.

Barry has extensive experience in suicide postvention. He has guided numerous communities, schools, universities, workplaces and mental health organisations through the aftermath of a suicide as well as providing support to those bereaved by suicide. He is a member of the Clusters and Contagion in Suicidal Behaviour and the Suicide Postvention and Bereavement Special Interest Groups of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

He has advised government on effective postvention strategies and provided guidance for schools in both New Zealand and Australia. In 1990 he wrote the first postvention guidelines for New Zealand schools, In a Time of Crisis. In 2007 he developed the Wellington Regional Postvention Response, a whole of community response aimed at preventing suicide contagion and ensuring appropriate support to the bereaved.

He received a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1990.

After a number of years primarily based in Australia, Barry has recently returned to New Zealand and looks forward to continuing his work in a New Zealand setting.


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.

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 workshops. Scholarships are available for mental health consumers, carers, volunteers and tertiary students in health, social service and disability related courses.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Single workshop:

If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible.

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

No show on the day of workshop: No refund

To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending.

Organiser Contact Details

Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Mobile: 021 644 955
Office: 04 905 6145

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