Dealing with the Aftermath: Responding to the impact of a suicide in differ...

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Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue

379 Victoria Avenue

Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui 4500

New Zealand

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"The person who suicides puts his or her psychological skeleton in the survivor's emotional closet - he/she sentences the survivor to a complex of negative feelings and, most importantly, to obessing about the reasons for the suicide death"
Edwin S. Shneidman, Suicidologist

“Why?” is often one of the first questions for those bereaved by suicide as they seek to make sense of the death. The impact of a suicide on friends, family, work colleagues and communities are both profound and enduring with many experiencing more complicated grieving process that is compounded further by the stigma of suicide or mental illness. Suicide also brings a heightened risk of suicide among whānau and other networks.

This introductory workshop builds understanding of effective strategies to respond to a death by suicide in different settings: schools, workplaces, organisations, whānau & hapū, ethnic groupings and communities. The workshop also outlines the differences between suicide postvention and suicide bereavement support and managing the tensions between the two approaches as well as providing an overview of effective strategies for supporting those bereaved by suicide.

It is important to understand that suicide postvention is more than just about bereavement support. It also needs to be viewed in the context of the suicide prevention continuum. The principles, objectives and activities of suicide postvention will be discussed. In addition the assessing risk of contagion, postvention mapping, community postvention risk audit, developing an at-risk registry and the roles and responsibilities of community postvention action groups will be described in detail.

Topics covered:

  • The impact of suicide on friends, families, agencies and community

  • Suicide specific grief and supporting those grieving

  • Suicide Contagion: What it is and why it occurs

  • Principles objectives and activities of Suicide Postvention

  • Tensions between suicide postvention and bereaved by suicide outcomes

  • Cultural considerations in providing a postvention response

  • Mapping those at risk of suicide, monitoring and support needs

  • Assessing risk of contagion, auditing community postvention capacity and capabilities,

  • Suicide At-Risk Registry, monitoring and follow-up

  • Agency policies and procedures in the event of a death by suicide

  • Developing an organisation or community suicide postvention plan

Feedback from previous workshop participants stated that this workshop was very relevant and helpful to their work and that their knowledge, comfortableness, competency and confidence about suicide postvention had significantly increased. Participants were appreciative of the breadth and depth the topics covered and the practical approaches recommended and the use of real life scenarios.

People who would benefit from attending this workshop are:

  • Bereaved by suicide support groups

  • Clergy and Funeral Celebrants

  • Corrections and Juvenile Justices institutions

  • Educational and training organisations

  • Iwi health and welfare services

  • Loss and Grief services - especially bereaved by suicide

  • Mental health service and mental health support NGOs

  • Rural support agencies

  • School counsellors, deans, pastoral care

  • Tertiary student health services, chaplaincy, halls of residence

  • Victim Support

  • Welfare agencies

  • Workplace EAP Programs and HR Departments

  • Workplace Support

  • Youth Services

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

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

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Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui 4500

New Zealand

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