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Tāne Ora: An Online Masterclass in creating a movement of wellbeing for men by men

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Event description

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

Traditionally the usual approach to men's wellbeing has been to address the deficit problems, eg suicide, violence, addiction.  This approach has had limited impact on improving the wellbeing of men as it is a siloed approach that focuses on changing the behaviour or thinking of the men.  Using a strength based approach this workshop will examine the social and cultural determinants that enable optimal wellbeing for men. 

By being informed by the social, cultural and environmental determinants of men's wellbeing, agencies that work with men  will be able to identify how best to adopt a mens wellbeing framework, to be "agents of wellbeing" and which strategies to implement to achieve long term and sustainable wellbeing outcomes for men.  Rather than using a programatic approach, the workshop will use a model about creating a "movement of change" that men actively participate in and take responsibility for.

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

The challenge is how do we move beyond wellbeing being just another 'buzz' word to a dynamic process that underpins the ability for men to thrive and to be an instrument that addresses inequities and for systemic transformational change.  The first two workshops will cover the theory and the applied practice and will be process focused rather than just providing content.  Using online breakout rooms, participants will create outcomes and outputs for men's wellbeing as well as providing an opportunity for participants to apply the learnings of the workshop to their work. 

The workshop will cover men's wellbeing across the lifespan.  While there are common wellbeing determinants for all men, the wellbeing outcomes for well boys are different in approach to those of a well older man. Likewise the difference for young adult males and middle aged men.

As a practical exercise, each participants will work on a small project. The project will be to either work on developing an initiative using a wellbeing approach or to audit a current project using a wellbeing lens. The final two workshops which are spaced a month apart will provide time for participants to work on their project, The workshops will be an opportunity for participants to discuss issues or questions arising from their project and to receive peer feedback and brainstorm how best to resolve any issues.

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 four Mondays 4 & 11 December 2023 & 12 & 19 February 2024 - 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Topics covered:

  • Theoretical foundations of mental wellbeing
  • Creating a pedagogy of wellbeing for men
    • Different outcomes for different purposes – the difference between welfare, wellness and wellbeing approaches
    • Social and cultural determinants of wellbeing
    • Not the same thing - the difference between a mental illness and a mental wellbeing approach
    • Wellbeing across the lifespan - From well boys to well older men
  • Transformational change and collective impact for sustaining men's wellbeing
  • The 'new normal" - the role of coping, adjusting and adapting in mental wellbeing
  • The emerging social pandemic – addressing loneliness and social isolation in men
  • The Wheel of Wellbeing (WOW) model - applying it to men
  • 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 have impacted on men's wellbeing
  • A vision for men’s wellbeing: An holistic approach to conceptualising men’s wellbeing and key mental wellbeing messages for men
  • Designing effective strategies - Mental wellbeing programme design, implementation and evaluation
  • Mental wellbeing indicators and outcomes - developing a programme logic for men's wellbeings

Previous participants’ feedback

"Fantastic workshop.  Loved the practical focus and working in groups. We need more workshops like this”  - Male Family Violence Worker

"What you presented and the way you presented it, I was able to apply to my way of working with young men. Loved your narrative approach, your sociological analysis and your many stories.  Your experience and wisdom inspired me heaps" - Youth Worker 

"Your passion and vision for men's wellbeing is so inspiring.  I have learnt so much and leave re-energised about the mahi I do- Peer Support Worker

"YES, YES, YES, this is exactly what I believe is the approach for the young men in my school. What I have now is a framework to take back to the leadership team”  School Dean

"Finally I have a model on how to address male suicide.  This will inform my action plan.”  Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator

"I have found working with older men challenging.  But now I have lots of insights on ways to engage older men in the work I do.  We need more of this, older men are often forgotten”. - Elder Abuse 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.

Drawing also on his extensive experience in working with men of different cultures, age groups, genders and sexualities, he offers practical and time proven approaches to effective initiatives to optimise men's wellbeing.  He sits on Movember Funding Review Panels.

As a health sociologist, Barry offers an unique insight into the evolving movement to promote men's mental wellbeing in the Aotearoa-New Zealand context and the critical social and cultural determinants that influence 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:
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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.

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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.

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    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.

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    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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