Thriving Not Dying: Lessons learnt in the prevention of youth suicide - Ale...

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Alexandra Community House

20 Centennial Avenue

Alexandra, OTA 9320

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The suicide of a young person has a devastating impact on all those connected. Despite numerous initiatives, we have seen in recent years an upward trend in the rates of suicide in young people, particularly for Maori, young men. An alarming potential trend is the rise in number of young people under 15, especially females, killing themselves.

The media coverage and community concern about youth suicide has demanded that more needs to be done to prevent such deaths. Over the past thirty years a large of body of research has been undertaken leading to a much better understanding of suicide and self harm in young people. There has been numerous national prevention strategies developed as well as a large range of community led programmes delivered. Yet the suicide rate in some youth populations has not significantly dropped and in fact has risen, e.g. Māori rangatahi. This must cause us to pause and critically review what has been done and to learn from the research and the lessons from previous programmes and strategies. One learning is that many youth suicide preventiuon programmes have been implemented in communities and countries with little evidence of efficacy or rigorous evaluation and have done little to influience the thinking or behaviour of suicidal young people. Some programmes have even been known to contrubute to a "normalisaion" of suicide in youth culture. While there is no argument about the need to address the unacceptably high rates of youth suicide, the challenge is to identify the most effective strategies to implement.

Due to the complexity of the inter-relating factors that influence suicidal behaviour in young people the prevention of such deaths is challenging. It is critical that our prevention strategies are evidence-based and address the underlying factors.

This workshop will provide an overview of these factors and what has been shown to be effective prevention and intervention strategies.

Effective youth suicide prevention strategies:

  • results in thriving rangatahi with a strong sense hope and purpose that live and participate in caring and safe whānau and communities,

  • targeted at sub populations of young people most at risk of suicide

  • timely and appropriate support and therapeutic interventions for young people who are in imminent danger of suicide

  • based on the principles of manaakitanga, whānau ora and wellbeing

  • informed by cultural wisdom and proven evidence-based knowledge

Based on thirty years of working with suicidal young people, Barry will offer a critique of current suicide prevention initiatives, providing insights into:

  • The phenomenon of suicide in young people – What is it and how is it explained

  • Gender and cultural trends in youth suicide

  • The inculturation of suicidal thinking and behaviour in youth culture

  • To talk or not to talk about suicide debate- an overview of the different perspectives and the pro and cons of each perspective

  • Current and future trends of suicide in young people - the increase of suicide in young women, Pacific Island and why young Maori suicide remains consistently and disproportionately high

  • The changing dynamics of suicidality in young people - making sense of their suicide narrative

  • The correlation between mood disorders and suicide

  • The rise of trauma related suicide

  • Suicide contagion & inter-generational suicide

Previous participants' feedback

“I found the workshop inspiring and thought provoking. Much to reflect upon about my own practice”
Youth Mental Health Nurse

“Loved the positive focus, very intelligent and informed speaker. Best training I’ve had on suicide”
Youth AOD Nurse

“So glad I had the opportunity to attend such a high quality and informed workshop”
School Counsellor

“A must attend for anyone working with young people.”
Youth Worker

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 and the prevention of suicide. His work has strongly focussed on suicide prevention, assessment and management of suicidality 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 wellbeing 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

In 1990 he received a Winston Churchill fellowship in 1990 which enabled him to work at Columbia Univesity in New York and to develop the first youth suiciide risk assessment tool for New Zealand. As a Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long-term interest in the social determinants of suicide risk in young people, especially the role of inequality, gender, sexual and gender diversity and culture.

After a number of years overseas, Barry is living back in New Zealand and is passionate about building the knowledge base, competence and capability within our country to effectively respond to the unacceptably high rates of suicide in this country.


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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