Sad Blokes: Supporting the Depressed Male Workshop - Dunedin

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Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge

30 Duke Street

Dunedin, OTA 9016

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Sad Blokes Workshop Series

Following a review of workshop content and feedback from participants’ evaluations, the Sad Blokes: Men, Depression and Suicide workshop that was delivered in 2017 has been divided into three one day workshops.

TāneOra – Well Blokes: Wellbeing and resilience and men

Sad Blokes: Supporting the Depressed Male

Turning the Tide: Men and Suicide

For those who attended the Sad Blokes workshop in 2017 and are wanting to attend the follow-up workshop should register for this workshop.


Book for all three workshops in the Sad Blokes series and get the third workshop free. Registration for the series can be done in the Tāne Ora: Well Blokes: Wellbeing and Resilience in Men Workshop.

Sad Blokes: Supporting the Depressed Male

  • How does the way that men are raised affect their ability to deal with their depression or ability to ask for help?

  • What is the difference between sadness, misery and depression?

  • How do men generally perceive depression and how does the depressed man makes sense of and express their depression?

  • What coping strategies do men utilise to manage their depression?

  • What is masked depression? How is sadness and depression commonly expressed in men? What is Sad Rage?

  • What do you do when a man denies anything is wrong when clearly it is?

  • What do we know from the evidence that will really make a difference in supporting the depressed man?

Reports of high profile men experiencing depression becoming regular news stories. These stories represent only a small number of men who live daily with depression or anxiety. In the past ten years we have seen an increase in men experiencing depression. This increase is in part due to the fact that men are now more prepared to see a health professionals about their depression. Campaigns using high profile people like John Kirwan have been very successful in dispelling the stigma and the silence around depression and anxiety, especially for men. General Practitioners, mental health services and therapists in private counselling are seeing, in almost unprecedented numbers, men seeking treatment for depression.

This has presented challenges n how to best engage and work with these depressed me who often present very stoic, forthcoming about what is really going on for them and highly guarded about their feelings and expressing emotion.

Take the opportunity to hear from an internationally respected commentator and suicidologist Barry Taylor as he unpacks the varying responses by men to depression how they make sense of, and deal with their depression or suicidal distress. Based on 30 years’ experience of working with men who are depressed and drawing on the latest international research findings, Barry offers strategies that assist men to navigate through times of distress and depression. Barry also offers his personal insights as a man who has lived with depression for many years.

Topics covered in the workshop are:

  • Overview of depression and anxiety

  • Men’s perceptions on seeking help and sharing problems – the influence of gender socialisation

  • How men experience and manifest their depression and anxiety

  • How culture and age

  • Treatment modalities that work well with men

    • Pharmacological interventions

    • Talking therapies

    • Group vs one-on-one work

    • Using metaphor with men

    • Men and mindfulness

    • Activity based therapies

    • Trauma associated depression

    • Case studies

An opportunity for a day of learning with internationally respected suicidologist, Barry Taylor

Barry returned to live back in New Zealand in 2017 having worked in suicide prevention and postvention at the local, national and international levels. He is known for his leadership and broad ranging work in suicide prevention and mental wellbeing.

He has worked in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention for thirty years and lead the first national response to youth suicide in New Zealand in the late 1980's.

He is a respected and sought after lecturer and commentator on the risk and protective factors that impact on wellbeing and suicidal risk. He has led and evaluated a diverse range of community and national suicide prevention and postvention programs, written guidelines and policies and sat on numerous government advisory committees. With his long-term interest in gendered responses to suicide and mental illness, he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for promoting wellbeing in men and finding solutions to reduce the suicide rates in men.

A Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long term interest in the social determinants of wellbeing. He has examined the impact of discrimination, internalised stigma, social exclusion or inclusion on mental wellbeing 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.


Maximum Number of Participants: 30
If workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist.

Minimum Number of Participants: 15
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 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.

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 health and social service tertiary students

Cancellation and 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.

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

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