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Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga

821 Orchard Road

Hastings, Hawke's Bay 4156

New Zealand

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It's time to take depression and suicide in men out of the too hard basket​


"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. And equally unwell men affect the wellbeing of the society.

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

Based on over 30 years’ experience of working with men who are depressed and suicidal as well as drawing on the latest international research findings, Barry offers a conceptual framework from which to analyse the phenomenon of depression and suicide in men and to develop targeted and effective evidence-based strategies and programmes based on sound epidemiological data. An essential element of this framework is to critique the underling assumptions that currently inform our understanding of suicide and whether these reflect the lived reality of men in 2019.

It calls for a paradigmatic change with a greater emphasis on inviting men on a wellness journey. From being depressed and suicidal blokes to being 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.

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

This workshop applies both sociological and gender studies analysis to broaden our understanding of suicide in men. It will examine the impact that the rapidly evolving changes in society’s expectations of men have had on men’s sense of identity and purpose and ultimately on their wellbeing and the rise in suicide. For example, the stereotypical notion of the staunch man is a much greater impediment to men seeking help than is the stigma of mental illness or suicide. In assessing suicide risk in me 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.

  • Explore how social, cultural and psychological factors contribute to depression and suicide in men
  • Update your knowledge about strategies that have been shown to be effective in improving the wellbeing of men

  • Understand more how men make sense and deal with their depression or suicidality

  • Enhance your skills to support a depressed or suicidal man

  • Identitfy opportunities for local community action to respond to depression and suicide in men

  • Understand how inter-generational suicide of other males within whānau and social networks are contributing to current suicide rates.

  • Learn of approaches that assist men to navigate through times of distress and suicidal crisis.

Topics covered:

  • Overview of depression, anxiety and suicide in men

  • The phenomenon of suicide and the theoretical assumptions that underpin our understanding of why men kill themselves

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

  • Data informed prevention: Identifying trends and most at risk male populations across age and cultural groupings to ensure better targeted prevention activities.

  • Masculinity for the 21st Century - Are traditional notions of masculinity meeting the needs of men in 2019? 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 which is being launched in July 2019.

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 lots more insights about depressed and suicidal men and gained some useful ideas of how work with the men in my community”
Community Worker

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

"I 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

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


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, 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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Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga

821 Orchard Road

Hastings, Hawke's Bay 4156

New Zealand

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