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 families and communities. This workshop examines the particular responses of men to depression and suicide and provides strength based approaches that enhance mental wellbeing to assist men to navigate through times of psychological distress and crisis.
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 mental wellbeing impact of the changes over the past 50 years of society’s expectations of men, their traditional roles and notions of masculinity. The workshop will provide a rationale for why the intersection of gender, ethnicity, age and sexuality must be an essential part of any mental wellbeing program as well as in any assessment or therapeutic interventions.
Topics covered include:
Introduction to Depression and Suicide in Men - A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Gender and Mental Distress
Mental Wellbeing in Men - Key Messages and Approaches
Sad Blokes - Understanding men's responses to their depression
Sad But Not Dead - Working with the Suicidal Man
What Past Participants have said about this internationally acclaimed workshop
“It was as if you knew every male student I see. This workshop not only helped me to understand the numerous young depressed men I see every day but gave valuable guidance about what our school needs to be doing to make resilient young men” School Counsellor
“The best suicide prevention workshop I have attended in my 23 years as a mental health professional” Clinical Psychologist
“I appreciated the depth and breadth of analysis of men’s depression and suicide. Anyone working with men should attend this workshop” Men’s Violence Worker
“Good to see you so inclusive of different cultures and how men are influenced by cultural stereotypes and expectations” – CALD Community Support Worker
“Thanks for such an inspiring workshop and sharing your extensive experience in working with men” Community Worker
Workshop Facilitator: Barry Taylor, Suicidologist
Barry has 29 years’ experience working in wellbeing and suicide prevention at the local, national and international levels. Known for his leadership and broad ranging work in wellbeing, community based initiatives and strength based approaches to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention, he has lectured and mentored programs all over the world and been a member of many advisory committees. He has a particular interest in gendered responses to suicide and mental illness and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for building wellbeing in men. A Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long term interest in the social determinants of well-being, especially the impact of social exclusion or inclusion on mental health along with the role of human rights in suicide prevention.
Catering: In order to provide this workshop for free this workshop will not be catered. You will need to bring your own lunch. There are food outlets on the hospital premises where lunch can be purchased. Tea and coffee will be supplied
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is parking available at Bankstown Hospital.
Nearest Train Station: Bankstown Station (20-25 minutes walk)
Buses: The numerous bus services departng from Bankstown Station that stop at the Hospital. Information on bus routes and timetables can be obtained by ringing 131 500 or www.transportnsw.info
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?