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From Sad Blokes to Well Men: Changing the focus in male suicide prevention - Hamilton

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From anxious boys through to lonely old men: Tracking male suicide across the lifespan.
Are traditional notions of masculinity meeting the needs of men in 2024? How the changes in men’s roles and identity contribute to suicide in men.
A vision for men’s wellbeing: An holistic approach to conceptualising men’s wellbeing and key mental wellbeing messages for men.


Hear a comprehensive critique of why the suicide rate in men continues to rise despite numerous prevention initiatives, the reasons why we need to focus more on men and what are proven effective strategies for preventing male suicide.



Fundraising for Movember: For each registration $20 shall be donated to Movember

It matters that men are able to optimise their wellbeing.  Well men contribute to well whānau, communities, workplaces, economy and society

Drawing on his lived experience and his extensive experience in engaging, assessing and supporting suicidal men of different cultures, age groups, genders and sexualities, he offers practical and time proven approaches to both preventing male suicide, engaging with a suicidal man and effective initiatives to optimise men's wellbeing.

"Helping men and boys to transition from sad blokes to well men must be our focus"

Topics covered:

  • Overview of suicide in men
  • The Suicidal Moment - Men's thoughts, emotions and behaviour in the "suicidal moment”
  • Masculinity for the 21st Century - Are traditional notions of masculinity meeting the needs of men in 2024?  How the changes in men’s roles and identity contribute to suicide in men.
  • Intergenerational suicide among men and its impact of whānau and hapū
  • From anxious boys through to lonely old men: Tracking male suicide across the lifespan
  • A vision for men’s wellbeing: An holistic approach to conceptualising men’s wellbeing and key mental wellbeing messages for men.
Tāne Ora: An Online Masterclass in creating a movement of wellbeing for men by men

Participants would benefit from also registering for this online workshop series which takes a deep dive into the determinants of wellbeing men and what is required to shift very ingrained understandings in men about being a man.  How do we move from a program approach to mens wellbeing to a movement of change that engages men in conversations of the heart and the walrua. Click here for more information and to register

Previous participants’ feedback

"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 every young man I see at school”  School Counsellor

"I have much better understanding about depressed and suicidal men. Going away with lots of ideas of how work with the men in my community”  Rural Community Support Worker

"Thanks for being so inclusive of older men. They are so often forgotten”. Aged Care Worker

"The incorporation of Te Ao Māori into the training was excellent and made it relevant to the men I work with” Kaiwhakatere

"Most helpful workshop I have been to in regards to suicide”  Mental Health Recovery Programme Facilitator

"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

An opportunity for a day of learning with award winning suicidologist, Barry Taylor

Barry has worked in mental wellbeing promotion and suicide prevention / postvention for 36 years at the local, national and international levels.

His extensive experience includes sitting on state and national government advisory committees; designing, implementing and evaluating suicide prevention programs; writing suicide prevention guidelines, training packages and community resources; providing technical advice to and evaluating  community based and national mental wellbeing and suicide prevention programmes.

He has led multiple ‘firsts’ in the context of suicide prevention and postvention both in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention, he was awarded in 2016 the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award. He currently sits one of the Health and Disability Ethics Committees.

As a health sociologist, Barry offers an unique insight into the phenomenon of male suicide in the Aotearoa-New Zealand context, the role of gender construction and the critical social and cultural determinants that have influenced men's distress and impaired wellbeing. Insights that very few others trainers or training programs in this country provide. He has had an interest on the impact of social exclusion, alienation and discrimination on mens's wellbeing and advocates for a human rights based, systems change and person-centred approach to wellbeing.The workshop is enriched by the learnings from Barry's own lived experience of depression and suicidality and his pathway to recovery.

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 rate of male suicide in this country.


Places in the workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist

Group Booking Discount: Book 3 or more participants in one booking and receive 30% discount off each registration

Payment: Payment is by either:
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Instalment payment (ZIP and Afterpay) 
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    Payment by Invoice is only for NGOs, Government Departments, Te Whatu Ora, PHOs, Schools and tertiary organisations, businesses.

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    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.  A 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.

    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 $40+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.

    Non attendance:   No refund

    Disclaimer: 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:  04 280 0146                           Mobile:  022 397 9294
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