Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to this community training opportunity, open to all - offered through Taranaki Retreat.
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Expert training, custom-suited and designed for our community - to help us to resource one-another. This training, designed for anyone who wants to be better prepared to support someone dealing with suicidal thoughts (which, as we know - could be any of us) - is provided to you for a $5 registration fee (we ask that you also pay a deposit of $15 for your place - which will be refunded to you when you have completed the training). We want to nourish and encourage you during the day, so the day includes the Devon's finest morning tea and a delicious lunch - lovingly sponsored by the Devon Hotel.
BEING THERE: Responding to a person who may be suicidal
Engaging with someone who may be suicidal can be challenging and it is not uncommon to feel unsure how best to help. This workshop provides an overview of how to be with and respond to someone who may be suicidal.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore some scenarios to apply what has been presented in the workshop.
Hear from Jamie Allen, Co-ordinator of Taranaki Retreat (a local suicide prevention initiative) about the work that the Retreat is doing in our community in suicide prevention - and how you might get involved, to make a difference.
Learn from Barry Taylor. Barry returned to live back in New Zealand in 2017 having worked in suicide prevention and postvention at the local, national and international levels. He is known for his leadership and broad ranging work in suicide prevention and mental wellbeing.
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 has been a member of many government 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 preventing suicide and 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 wellbeing 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.