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

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House of Travel Lounge | Edgar Centre

116 Portsmouth Drive

Dunedin, OTA 9012

New Zealand

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Hear a comprehensive and considered analysis of the evolvement of suicide in young people by a leading suicide prevention specialist who has mapped over thirty years the suicide in NZ young people since it first became an issue of concern in the late 1980s.

Have a greater understanding of

  • the reasons why many of the youth suicide prevention initiatives have been ineffective,

  • what needs to change in both attitudes and approaches

  • what the evidence tells us actually makes a difference.

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.

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

Suicide in young people is prevented by nurturing well and hope-filled rangatahi living and participating in caring and safe whānau and communities, supported by manaakitanga and whānau ora and wellbeing and evidence based interventions.

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

  • Inter-generational suicide

  • The rise of trauma related 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

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

Previous participants' feedback

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

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

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

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

"Absolutely fantastic. Best training I have been to in long time"
Youth Service Manager

"Excellent I really enjoyed it and took a lot away from the day. Definitely will do more of your workshops"
School Counsellor

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: 10 Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Places in each workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist.

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 agrees to the following conditions:

1. Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until payment has been received. Payment of the invoice must be made within seven days of registering to avoid having your registration cancelled. Late payment fees apply.

2. Please IGNORE the invoice from Eventbrite. A NZ tax compliant Tax Invoice from TaylorMade Training and Consulting will be sent to you separately which will contain bank details for payment.

3. By registering for the workshop, you agree to the cancellation and policy. (refer below). Organisations who cancel within seven days of the workshop and have not paid the invoice for the outstanding registration fee are still obligated to pay the 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 dietary 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% or 50% 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 scholarship 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 seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop: Full Refund less $30 + GST admin fee
Cancellation within seven 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

Cancellation of Workshop by TaylorMade: TaylorMade Training and Consulting (TMTC) reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled, participants will be offered a refund either by way of a credit to attend another TMTC workshop (within 12 months of the cancelled workshop) or full refund of their registration fee. Refunds will made by electronic transfer into a bank account specified by the participant. TMTC accept no responsibility for any other costs incurred by participant as a result of a workshop cancellation.


The information provided in the workshop handout notes and at the workshops are the views of the trainer, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TaylorMade Training and Consulting. The information and professional advice delivered in the workshop and the associated printed material is provided solely on the basis that before relying on this material, participants should obtain appropriate advice relevant to their particular circumstance to evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes. TaylorMade Training and Consulting will not be liable for any damages of any kind to any person or entity arising from the use of this information. Your attendance at this workshop reflects your acceptance of this statement.

Organiser Contact Details
Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Office: 04 905 6145
Mobile: 022 104 5060

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116 Portsmouth Drive

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New Zealand

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