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From Sad Blokes to Well Men: Changing the focus in male suicide prevention Online Workshop Series

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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

Online workshop delivery
The online workshop format for TaylorMade workshops is delivered via Zoom in modules. A one day in-person workshop is usually delivered online oin either two or three modules which are held weekly. The length of each module is 3 hours.

This workshop will be delivered over three Thursdays 2, 9 & 16 November 2023 - 1.00pm to 4.00pm.

Pre-requisite online workshop:
There is also one core module on which the content of all the other suicide prevention workshops are built on. It focuses on our understanding of the phenomenon of suicide and the suicidal moment and making sense of why people want to end their lives.  It also provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on their practice in engaging with suicidal people using the four C’s of suicide prevention - Comfortable, Confident, Competent and Compassionate.

All online participants should enrol in this workshop prior to registering for any other online TaylorMade workshop.

Call to Action: What can be done to prevent suicide is being delivered four times in 2023:

2 March18 May27 July19 October.

Exemption: Participants who have attended previous TaylorMade workshops in other years do not have to register for the core module.

Listen here for a fuller description of the online delivery format and the modular design

Why this Workshop:

"Well men"

As a society we know the impact of unwell men. Across all all age and ethnic groups men are the major group who kill themselves every year.  The devastating impact of these deaths on whānau cannot be under-estimated as we know see the next generation of younger men also suiciding. The impact of unwell men, especially Māori and Pacific Islander men, is not just in our suicide statistics. They are in our prisons and mental health facilities as well as being over-represented in numerous other statistics such as long-term unemployment, road fatalities, as perpetrators and victims of violence, offending, and addiction.

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

Drawing on 35 years’ experience of working with suicidal men as well as epidemiological data and the latest international research findings, this workshop offers a conceptual framework from which to analyse the phenomenon of male suicide so as to inform the development of targeted and effective evidence-based prevention strategies rather than strategies that are opinion-based or ideologically informed. Barry also offers his personal insights as a man who has lived with depression for many years.

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

Critical to effective suicide prevention initiatives is a critique the underlying assumptions that currently inform our understanding of male suicide and whether these reflect the lived reality of men in 2022. It calls for a fundamental shift in our approach with a greater emphasis on inviting men on a wellbeing journey. From suicidal blokes to well men. For men to be grounded in a positive understanding of their cultural and gender identities that is mana-enhancing, their lives enriched with a strong sense of purpose and meaning, committed to the wellbeing of themselves their whānau and equipped with strength-based strategies that assist in navigating through times of distress and crisis. 

Applying both sociological and gender analysis to broaden our understanding of suicide in men, the workshop examines the cumulative impact that social, cultural and economic determinants, such as changes in gender roles and expectations; participation in the labour market, economic reforms, relationship status have had on men’s sense of identity and purpose and ultimately on their wellbeing and the rise in suicide. In assessing suicide risk in men social and cultural factors such as ethnicity, age and sexuality, social and economic disparities, colonisation and intergenerational trauma are just as critical as psychological factors.

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 2023?  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 
  • A vision for men’s wellbeing: An holistic approach to conceptualising men’s wellbeing and key mental wellbeing messages for men

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 be wellbeing champions and/ or engage with depressed and suicidal men than health professionals. For this reason, having 'first point of call' workers who are knowledgeable about men's wellbeing and 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.

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 34 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 community based and national mental wellbeing and suicide prevention programs. 

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.

A pioneer in suicide risk assessment training in this country, Barry's insights are informed by a comprehensive and critical understanding of the research and latest thinking in both the national and international suicide prevention sector.

Drawing also on 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.  .

As a health sociologist, Barry offers an unique insight into the evolving phenomenon of male suicide in the Aotearoa-New Zealand context and the critical social and cultural determinants that have influenced it, insights that very few others trainers or training programs in this country provide. He has had an interest on the impact of social exclusion, discrimination on wellbeing and advocates for a human rights 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 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:
Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard) or 
Instalment payment (ZIP and Afterpay) 
Invoice - Organisations can request to pay by invoice. At payment method click on Invoice,

    Terms for Payment By Invoice
    Payment by Invoice is only for NGOs, Government Departments, Te Whatu Ora, PHOs, Schools and tertiary organisations, businesses.

    By selecting to 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.  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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