From Sad Blokes to Well Men: Understanding Depression and Suicide in Men -...

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Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall

70 Derby Street

Gisborne, 4010

New Zealand

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

Reducing suicide in men requires a co-ordinated community-wide response​


TaylorMade Training and Consulting offers the opportunity to hear from an internationally respected commentator and suicidologist, Barry Taylor and learn about the phenomenon of suicide in men and what leads to the moment when a man decides he wants to “end it all”. Based on 30 years’ experience of working with men who are depressed and suicidal and drawing on the latest international research findings, Barry offers suggestions on strength-based approaches that enhance men’s wellbeing and 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.​

This workshop questions some widely accepted views of why men suicide and draws on sociology and gender studies to broaden our understanding of suicide in men. Participants will analyse how society’s expectations of men, and their traditional roles and notions of masculinity have changed over the past 50 years and how this has impacted on men's mental wellbeing. This underscores the rationale for why factors such as gender, ethnicity, age and sexuality must be considered in developing any suicide prevention and mental wellbeing programmes. Stereotypical notions of the staunch man who is strong, resilient and self-sufficient will be critiqued.

  • Explore how social, cultural and psychological factors contribute to depression and suicide in men

  • Update your knowledge about community 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 and anxiety

  • The Suicidal Moment - What is going on in a man in that suicidal moment and how can the suicidal thought be interrupted?

  • The Phenomenon of Suicide and theories of suicide in men

  • Why are men across all age and cultural groups killing themselves?

  • How do the traditional roles of me, what it means for men to be a man and notions of masculinity contribute to the persistently high rates of suicide in men?

  • What groups of men are most at risk of suicide?

  • Why are now seeing intergenerational suicide of men in whānau?

  • A vision for men’s wellbeing

  • A holistic approach to conceptualising men’s wellbeing

  • Key mental wellbeing messages for men

Workshop Facilitator - Barry Taylor

Barry is an award winning suicide prevention practitioner with proven leadership over 30 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 health 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.

Feedback from other workshop participants:

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 everyone young man I see at school
School Counsellor

I have greater insight about depressed and suicidal men and 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 had 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.

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
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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 feeCancellation within five working days prior to the commencement of the workshop:
No refund but registration can be transferred to another personNo 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: 022 470 1852
Office: 04 905 6145

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