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High and Suicidal: The inter-relationship between addiction and suicide - Wellington

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High and Suicidal: Re-wiring from deficit to wellbeing and being well

A workshop especially designed for those working in the Addictions sector and for the Aotearoa-New Zealand context

Addiction and suicide are on the same continuum of ways to numb out the internal "psyche pain" , often as part of the same self destructive path.

The correlation between suicide and the use of alcohol just prior to the attempt has been long known.  But this misuse does not necessarily indicate the suicidal person was living with addiction and the addiction was the "reason" for the suicide.

This workshop offers a comprehensive analysis of the association between addiction and suicidality.  The analysis examine how substance dependency (alcohol, cannabis and and in particular meth) and problem gambling contribute to suicide risk and influence the "suicidal moment" 

Explore in more detail how addiction compounds suicide risk and how this impacts on the way suicide risk is assessed. 

Understand why the narratives of people who are suicidal and those who live with addiction can often become intertwined and what happens when the narratives become one.

Become equipped to proactively engage with a suicidal narrative and be able to respond to the disclosure of suicide using a wellbeing framework as opposed to deficit remediation model - compassionate changemaking and being custodians of hope.

Become familiar with how suicide manifests itself in the recovery journey,

Topics covered:

  • Psych pain, Addiction and Suicidality - Different but the same
  • What's the risk - Unpacking addiction as a compounding suicide risk factor
  • The art of assessing suicide risk in people living with addiction - the difference between imminent danger and chronic suicidality
  • When someone mentions suicide - engaging with the suicidal client within the scope of practice of addiction workforce.
  • Being a custodian of hope through compassionate change making 
  • The acuteness of suicidality in the recovery journey - the reasons why
  • When a client suicides in therapeutic or residential settings - mitigating the risk for suicide contagion


Barry has worked in mental wellbeing promotion and suicide prevention/postvention for 35 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. Current projects he is working on is as critical friend and Te Tiriti partner to the Whanganui Mental Health and Addiction Service Redesign Collaborative and Growing Well Collectively Suicide Prevention Action Plan and as Independent Chair of Hāpai Mauri Tangata Crisis Response Redesign.

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 on the Health and Disability Ethics Committee.

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 people from different cultures, age groups,genders and sexualities,he offers practical and time proven approaches to undertaking an effective assessment.

As a health sociologist, Barry offers an unique insight into the evolving phenomenon of suicide in the 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. 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) 
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    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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