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Sad Blokes: Men, Depression and Suicide - West Auckland 29 November

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HubWest Community Facility

27 Corban Avenue

Henderson, Auckland 0612

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Across most ethnic and age groupings men are over-represented in measures of poor mental health including suicide and depression. This is a serious challenge not only for the men but for their whanau, hapu, iwi, workplaces and communities.

This is your opportunity to hear from an internationally respected commentator and suicidologist, Barry Taylor, as he unpacks the varying responses by men to depression and suicide and how they make sense of, and deal with their depression or suicidal distress. Based on his 30 years experience of working with men who are depressed and suicidal, Barry offers suggestions on strength based approaches that enhance wellbeing and strategies that assist men to navigate through times of distress and crisis. Barry also offers his personal insights as man who has lived with depression for many years.

Questioning some of the widely accepted views of why men are over represented in poor mental health outcomes, the workshop will use a social determinants framework which can be applied in community, support and clinical settings. Participants will analyse the impact that the changes in society’s expectations of men, their traditional roles and notions of masculinity over tha past 50 years has had on men's mental wellbeing. The workshop will provide a rationale for why the intersection of gender, ethnicity, age and sexuality must be considered in any mental wellbeing program, risk assessment or therapeutic and support intervention with men.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Depression and Suicide in Men - A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Gender and Pscychological Distress
  • Mental Wellbeing and Resiliency in Men - Key Messages and Approaches
  • Sad Blokes - Understanding men's responses to their depression
  • Sad but not Dead - Working with the suicidal man

Workshop Facilitator - Barry Taylor

Barry recently returned to New Zealand having worked in suicide prevention and postvention at the local, national and international levels. Having worked for thirty years in the field, Barry is just as passionate and committed to helping people navigate through their distress and despair. His vision is for healthy and resiliant individuals belonging to supportive families and social networks and participating in safe and inclusive communities. He is a strong advocate of safe and evidence-based practice in suicide prevention interventions and programs.

Known and respected for his leadership and applied thinking on the many interconnected factors contributing to suicide and the necessary prevention strategies required to adress such factors, Barry has sat on numerous government advisory groups as well as developing policies and guidelines for various sectors. He has a broad range of experience including research, designing and delivering training packages, scoping, developing and implementing community based initiatives for various populations and evaluation of suicide prevention programs. He has worked on developing comprehensive suicide prevention outcome frameworks and program logic. He is known for his strength based approaches and developing collaborative partnerships to improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. His works is also informed by his personal lived experience of depression and bereavement by suicide.

In New Zealand Barry lead the first national response to youth suicide in New Zealand in the late 1980's as well as establishing the country's first regional suicide postvention response. As part of a trial program, he was the Wairarapa Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator. He has headed up research projects at Otago University Wellington's Social Psychiatry & Population Mental Health Research Unit, written guidelines for schools in both NZ and Australia. In recent years he headed up the first national response to LGBTI suicide in Australia. Before returning to NZ he established the award winning South Western Sydney Wellbeing Collaboration with local health district, primary care and local government agreeing to work together using collective impact to improve the mental wellbeing of the communities in South Western Sydney.

Barry is a sought after speaker and media commentator and has mentored programs all over the world. He has a particular interest in gendered responses to suicide and mental illness and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for promoting mental wellbeing in men. A Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has had a long term interest in the social determinants of wellbeing, especially the impact of social exclusion or inclusion on mental health along with the role of human rights in suicide prevention.

He has been a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship and in 2016 was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

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



This workshop is fully catered. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any particular dietary requirements. If you register after the closing date, while every effort will be made, your dietarty requirements may not be able to be catered for.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Barry Taylor, Email: Mob: 021 644 955

What's the refund policy?

If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. Full refunds will be offered up to seven days before the date of the workshop. If you cancel less than seven before the workshop, you are able to transfer your registration to another person but no refund will be given.

To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending. DO NOT CANCEL THE REGISTRATION.

If you are not transferring the registration to another person then cancel the registration.

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 students. For further information and to apply for a scholarship contact the organiser.

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