From Sad Blokes to Well Men: Changing the focus in male suicide prevention...

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Manawa Health Campus

276 Antigua Street

Christchurch, Canterbury 8011

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It's time to take male suicide out of the too hard basket​


COVID-19 Associated Suicide in Men

International and New Zealand modelling of the short and long term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic indicates that one consequence is likely to be a substantial increase in suicide, particularly in young people and men.

The social and economic determinants that would contribute to such an increase is likely to have the greatest impact on Māori and Pacific Island communities, populations already impacted by economic and social disparities and who are already have heightened rates of suicide.

Therefore the focus must not solely be on men who are in distress or crisis but assisting men to navigate through these challenging times, especially the impact of job loss, loss of income and the stressors that it places on men, their relationships and their whānau.

It is vital that recovery focused wellbeing strategies or suicide prevention initiatives are based on sound understanding of the enablers of men’s wellbeing and factors of risk that influence suicidality in men across the lifespan. Cultural understandings of masculinity and the contemporary understanding of the role of men must be the main lens in which we analyse suicidality in men and our responses to it.

"Well men matter"

It matters that men are able to optimise their wellbeing. It matters that men are over-represented in poor mental health and suicide statistics. Well men contribute to a well society. Equally unwell men affect the wellbeing of our society.

TaylorMade Training and Consulting offers the opportunity to hear from an internationally respected commentator and suicidologist, Barry Taylor.

Drawing on over 30 years’ experience of working with men who are suicidal as well as the latest international research findings the workshop offers a conceptual framework from which to analyse the phenomenon of male suicide and to inform the development targeted and effective evidence-based strategies that is based on sound epidemiological data.

Applying both sociological and gender studies analysis to broaden our understanding of suicide in men, the workshop examines the impact that the changes gender roles and expectations have had on men’s sense of identity and purpose and ultimately on their wellbeing and the rise in suicide. In assessing suicide risk in men social and cultural factors such as ethnicity, age and sexuality, social and economic disparities, colonisation and intergenerational trauma are just as critical as psychological factors.

"Helping men and boys to transition from sad blokes to well men must be our focus."

An essential element of this framework is to critique the underlying assumptions that currently inform our understanding of suicide and whether these reflect the lived reality of men in 2020. It calls for a fundamental shift in our approach with a greater emphasis on inviting men on a wellness journey. From suicidal blokes to well men. To enhance men’s sense of purpose and wellbeing and possess strength-based strategies that assist men to navigate through times of distress and crisis. Barry also offers his personal insights as a man who has lived with depression for many years.

Topics covered:

  • Overview of suicide in men

  • The Suicidal Moment - Men's thoughts, emotions and behaviour in the "suicidal moment”

  • Masculinity for the 21st Century - Are traditional notions of masculinity meeting the needs of men in 2020? How the changes in men’s roles and identity contribute to depression and suicide in men

  • Intergenerational suicide among men and its impact of whānau and hapū

  • A vision for men’s wellbeing: An holistic approach to conceptualising men’s wellbeing and key mental wellbeing messages for men

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 be wellbeing champions and/ or engage with depressed and suicidal men. For this reason, having 'first point of call' workers who are knowledgeable about men's wellbeing and 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.

An opportunity for a day of learning with award winning suicidologist, Barry Taylor

Barry is an award winning suicide prevention practitioner with proven leadership over 31 years at local, national and international levels 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 wellbeing 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 Barry has a long-term interest in the social and cultural determinants of wellbeing, especially the role of gender. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with depressed and suicidal men and leading initiatives for optimising men’s wellbeing. He is founder of the Men’s Wellbeing Aotearoa Coalition.

After a number of years overseas, Barry has returned to New Zealand both determined and passionate about making a contribution to promoting men's wellbeing and to building the knowledge base, competence and capability within our country to effectively respond to the unacceptably high rates of male depression and suicide.

Previous participants’ feedback

"The best and most informative workshop I have attended in 27 years of mental health nursing”
Community Mental Health Nurse

"This workshop should be compulsory for anyone working with men”
Male Family Violence Worker

"It was as if Barry was talking about every young man I see at school”
School Counsellor

"I have much better understanding about depressed and suicidal men. Going away with lots of ideas of how work with the men in my community”
Rural Community Support Worker

"Thanks for being so inclusive of older men. They are so often forgotten”
Aged Care Worker

"The incorporation of Te Ao Māori into the training was excellent and made it relevant to the men I work with

"Most helpful workshop I have been to in regards to suicide”
Mental Health Recovery Programme Facilitator

"Appreciated how inclusive the presenter was of different cultures and his analysis of how culture influences what it means to be a man”
Refugee Health Worker


Minimum Number of Participants: 10 Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Places 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. Late payment fees apply.

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 are still obligated to pay the 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 dietary 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% 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 scholarship 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 seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop: Full Refund less $30 + GST admin fee
Cancellation 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 Details
Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Office: 04 905 6145
Mobile: 022 104 5060

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