Sad Blokes: Men, Depression and Suicide Workshop - Dunedin

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Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge

30 Duke Street

Dunedin, OTA 9016

New Zealand

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Sad Blokes Workshop Series

What needs to be done to reduce the high rates of depression and suicide in men? It's time to take depression and suicide in men out of the to hard basket. Be part of the solution.

TaylorMade Training offers in a two workshop series a comprehensive training package on depression and suicide in men.

Workshop 1: Tāne Ora – Well Blokes: Wellbeing and resilience and men

Workshop 2: Sad Blokes: Men, Depression and Suicide


While each workshop is stand alone, particpants will benefit from attending both workshop. Register for both workshops in the Sad Blokes series and receive a 20% discount. Registration for the combined workshops can be done in the Tane Ora workshop registration process.

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 engage with suicidal men. For this reason, having 'first point of call' workers who are 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.

What others have said about these workshops.

"Most informative workshop I have attended"

"Should be compulsory for anyone working with men"

"Describes every young man I see at school"

"Inclusive of different cultures"

"World class training"

"Greater insight into depressed and suicidal men"

Turning the Tide: Men and Suicide

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”. Understand how inter-generational suicide of other men within whanau and social networks are contributing to current suicide rates. Learn of approaches that assist men to navigate through times of distress and suicidal crisis.

This workshop also questions some widely accepted views of why men suicide and draws on sociological and gender studies to broaden our understanding of suicide in men from the individual centred psychological or psychiatric lens.

Topics covered

  • Overview of depression and anxiety in men

  • How men experience and express men's depression and anxiety

  • How culture and age influences how men react and deal with their depression and anxiety

  • Men's perceptions of seeking help and sharing problems - the influence of gender socialisation

  • Trauma associated depression in men

  • The Phenomenon of Suicide - 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?

  • Theories of suicide in men - What groups of men are most at risk of suicide? Why are now seeing intergenerational suicide of men in whanau?

  • Suicide across the lifespan – What are the different factors and characteristics we need to consider across the age span? Young men, middle age men and older men

  • Intergenerational impact of a male suicide in a whānau

  • Crisis intervention approaches for responding to the suicidal male

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

  • Engagement, intervention and longer-term support strategies for working with suicidal men. What do we know from the evidence that will really make a difference in supporting the suicidal man

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

To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending.

Workshop Series:
Cancellation up to five working days prior to the Tāne Ora – Well Blokes workshop:
Full refund less $50 admin fee.

Cancellation up to five working days prior to the Tāne Ora – Well Blokes workshop:
No refund but registration can be transferred to another person

After the Tāne Ora – Well Blokes workshop:
No refund or transfer of registration.

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

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