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Sad Blokes: Men, Depression and Suicide – Whanganui 16 August

Wed Aug 16th 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Sad Blokes

Across most ethnic and age groupings men are over-represented in measures of poor mental health including suicide and depression. This is a serious challenge not only for the men but for their whanau, hapu, iwi, workplaces and communities.

This is your opportunity to hear from an internationally respected commentator and suicidologist, Barry Taylor, as he unpacks the varying responses by men to depression and suicide and how they make sense of, and deal with their depression or suicidal distress. Based on his 30 years experience of working with men who are depressed and suicidal, Barry offers suggestions on strength based approaches that enhance wellbeing and strategies that assist men to navigate through times of distress and crisis. Barry also offers his personal insights as man who has lived with depression for many years.

Questioning some of the widely accepted views of why men are over represented in poor mental health outcomes, the workshop will use a social determinants framework which can be applied in community, support and clinical settings.

Participants will analyse the impact that the changes in society‚Äôs expectations of men, their traditional roles and notions of masculinity over tha past 50 years has had on men’s mental wellbeing. The workshop will provide a rationale for why the intersection of gender, ethnicity, age and sexuality must be considered in any mental wellbeing program, risk assessment or therapeutic and support intervention with men.

Topics covered include:
Introduction to Depression and Suicide in Men – A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Gender and Pscychological Distress
Mental Wellbeing and Resiliency in Men – Key Messages and Approaches
Sad Blokes – Understanding men’s responses to their depression
Sad but not Dead – Working with the suicidal man

Workshop Facilitator – Barry Taylor
Barry has recently returned to live back in New Zealand having worked in suicide prevention and postvention at the local, national and international levels. Known for his leadership and broad ranging work in using community based initiatives and strength based approaches to improving wellbeing of individuals and communities. He has worked in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention for thirty years and lead the first national response to youth suicide in New Zealand in the late 1980’s. He has lectured and mentored programs all over the world and been a member of many govenrment advisory committees on mental health promotion and suicide prevention. He has a particular interest in gendered responses to suicide and mental illness and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for promoting wellbeing in men. A Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long term interest in the social determinants of wellbeing, especially the impact of social exclusion or inclusion on mental health along with the role of human rights in suicide prevention. He has been a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship and in 2016 was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner’s Community Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

Feedback from other workshop participants:
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

Thanks for including older men. They are so often forgotten.
Aged Care Worker

It was as if Barry was talking about everyone young man I see at school
School Counsellor

I have greater insight about depressed and suicidal men and useful ideas of how work with the men in my community
Community Worker

I appreciated the 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

This workshop is fully catered. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any particular dietary requirements. If you register after the closing date, while every effort will be made, your dietarty requirements may not be able to be catered for.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Barry Taylor, Email: taylormadetrainingconsulting@gmail.com
Mob: 021 644 955

What’s the refund policy?
If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. Full refunds will be offered up to seven days before the date of the workshop.

If you cancel less than seven before the workshop, you are able to transfer your registration to another person but no refund will be given.

To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending. DO NOT CANCEL THE REGISTRATION.
If you are not transferring the registration to another person then cancel the registration.


Wed Aug 16th 2017
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue Whanganui
379 Victoria Avenue
Whanganui, 4500 New Zealand