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Sad Blokes: Men Depression and Suicide Workshop - Campbelltown

Health Promotion Service, South Western Sydney Local Health District

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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Workshop Registration Sold Out 08/11/2016 Free $0.00

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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

“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

“Thanks for such an inspiring workshop and sharing your extensive experience in working with men” Community Worker

Workshop Facilitator: Barry Taylor, Senior Health Promotion Officer - Mental Wellbeing


Barry is the team leader of the Mental Wellbeing Team in SWSLHD Health Promotion Service. 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.

Workshop Information:

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 Campbelltown Hospital.

Public Transport

Information on bus routes and timetables can be obtained by ringing 131 500 or

Nearest Train Station:  Macarthur Station (20-25 minutes walk)

Buses:  The following bus services operate between Campbelltown and Macarthur Stations and Campbelltown Hospital:  870, 871, 872, 879, 886, 887 and 888. 

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For enquiries about the workshop please contact Barry Taylor.  Ph 8738 6092  Mobile 0409 353 145  Email:

Have questions about Sad Blokes: Men Depression and Suicide Workshop - Campbelltown? Contact Health Promotion Service, South Western Sydney Local Health District

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When & Where

Auditorium, Conference Centre, Campbelltown Hospital
Therry Road
Campbelltown, NSW 2560

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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Health Promotion Service, South Western Sydney Local Health District

An initiative of Mental Wellbeing Program, Health Promotion Service, South Western Sydney Local Health District.

Mission Statement: To optimise mental wellbeing outcomes and reduce the incidence and impact of mental illness and suicide for South Western Sydney communities through leadership, facilitation, workforce development, mental wellbeing action, guidance and support.

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