Male Suicide Prevention


It's time to take male suicide out of the too hard basket​


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

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 engage with depressed and suicidal men. 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.

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

"Well men matter"

It matters that men are able to optimise their wellbeing. It matters that men are over-represented in poor mental health and suicide statistics.  Well men contribute to a well society. And equally unwell men affect the wellbeing of our society.  


TaylorMade Training and Consulting offers the opportunity to hear from an internationally respected commentator and suicidologist, Barry Taylor.


Drawing on over 30 years’ experience of working with men who are suicidal as well as the latest international research findings the workshop offers a conceptual framework from which to analyse the phenomenon of male suicide and to inform the development targeted and effective evidence-based strategies that is based on sound epidemiological data.


Applying both sociological and gender studies analysis to broaden our understanding of suicide in men, the workshop examines the impact that the changes gender roles and expectations 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.

An essential element of this framework is to critique the underlying assumptions that currently inform our understanding of suicide and whether these reflect the lived reality of men in 2020. It calls for a fundamental shift in our approach with a greater emphasis on inviting men on a wellness journey. From suicidal blokes to well men. To enhance men’s sense of purpose and wellbeing and possess strength-based strategies that assist men to navigate through times of distress and crisis. Barry also offers his personal insights as a man who has lived with depression for many years.


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 2019?  How the changes in men’s roles and identity contribute to depression and 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

Feedback from previous 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

"It was as if Barry was talking about every young man I see at school”

School Counsellor

"Most helpful workshop I have been to in regards to suicide”

Mental Health Recovery Programme Facilitator

"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 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”


"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