Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
Barry has worked in mental wellbeing promotion and suicide prevention/postvention for 32 years at the local, national and international levels.  His extensive experience includes sitting on state and national government advisory committees; designing, implementing and evaluating suicide prevention programmes; writing suicide prevention guidelines, training packages and community resources; providing technical advice to community based and national mental wellbeing and suicide prevention programmes.
A sought after presenter and trainer on his specialist subject areas of mental wellbeing, suicide prevention, loss and grief, spirituality and men’s well-being.  He has a particular interest in suicide and depression in men as well as sexuality related suicide. Participants consistently comment on his breadth and depth of understanding of suicide prevention theory and practice which evokes a strong sense of confidence that the content being delivered is theoretically sound and based on good evidence and practice.


Brings a sociological analysis and a public health framework to his work as well as his lived experience of depression and suicidality. He has also been bereaved by suicide of close friends. He has a keen interest in the social and cultural determinants of health and well-being as well as advocating for evidence-based practice; the use of outcomes based logic in both programme development and evaluation measures for complex social health programmes.



In 2016 he was recipient of the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award which recognises individuals or grassroots organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to mental health and wellbeing in their communities. In 1990 he was awarded a Winston Church Fellowship to study youth suicide prevention in the United Kingdom and United States.  At the time, he was the youngest New Zealander to receive the Fellowship.



Highly motivated and achievement orientated project manager with a proven track record in education and training, public health policy advice, budget management, programme development and implementation, people management, stakeholder engagement and community liaison. He has sat on numerous Boards of professional and community organisations often holding many leadership positions.


A leader who has the ability and experience to:​

  • Articulate a strategic vision and obtain engagement of stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes

  • Act with forward vision and commitment to continuous improvement through review and evaluation.

  • Translate theory and research into applied programs which have sound evidence-based programme logic and robust evaluative processes.

  • Act in an intelligent and fast learning manner with the capacity to think quickly and laterally to develop innovative responses to problematic issues in a timely manner.

  • Communicate in an easily understood manner complex concepts and ideas using a variety of teaching modalities to achieve optimal learning.

  • Provide an extremely high level of competence as an excellent risk manager.

  • Present as a determined and focused leader who can effectively multi-task and work to short time lines in an efficient manner.


Communication            Change management            Community engagement

Leadership                   Negotiation                           Policy analysis & advice

Problem solving           Research and Evaluation        Stakeholder Engagement

Strategic & innovative thinking                                  Workforce development                                                          



  • Re-orientation of South Western Sydney Local Health District Mental Health Promotion Team to a wellbeing framework and launch of South Western Sydney Wellbeing Collaboration and Five Ways to Wellbeing South Western Sydney initiative.

  • Led the first national response to LGBTI mental health and suicide in Australia including the development of training materials and roll out of national training programme for health, social service, education and volunteer sectors and LGBTI communities on LGBTI suicide and mental health.

  • Organised the first men’s only national conference on men, suicide and depression.

  • Development of the Wairarapa districtwide Suicide Prevention Action Plan.

  • Reviewed and updated the New Zealand guidelines for schools on the prevention, recognition and management of young people at risk of suicide.

  • Undertook a quantitative and qualitative review of national mortality datasets and coroners’ files to identify emerging trends in the locations and methods of suicide in New Zealand.

  • Established a regional suicide postvention response service across the Wellington region.

  • Established and managed a suicide prevention project to increase the capacity and capability of services in Western Sydney to respond to young people with Dual Diagnosis.

  • Provided professional leadership at a national level and management at a state level of a programme for the prevention of suicide in the sons and daughters of Vietnam Veterans.

  • Organised in 1997 a national workshop on Gay and Lesbian Youth Suicide in Sydney, the first to be held in Australia.

  • Co-wrote Educating for Life: National Guidelines for Effective Suicide Prevention Programs in Secondary Schools as part of the Mindmatters Resource Package.

  • Contributed to the governance and oversight of the first Youth Suicide Prevention Plan as part of the Commonwealth Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Group.

  • Provided technical input to the development of the Queensland Government Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy.

  • Provided comprehensive training programme for the Queensland Young People at Risk:  Access, Prevention and Action’ Programme including the writing of a state-wide resource manual on self-harming and suicidal behaviour in young people – Life Focus.

  • Convened the accreditation body for Loss and Grief practitioners in Victoria.

  • Scoped, wrote and delivered an industry-wide competency based Certificate in Bereavement Studies for the Australian funeral industry.

  • Established and managed the Victorian Youth Suicide Prevention Project.

  • Provided technical input and advisory services to Commonwealth countries for the development of national youth health strategies.

  • Established and managed the first national response to youth suicide prevention in New Zealand

  • Founding member of the New Zealand Association for Adolescent Health and National Association for Loss and Grief in New Zealand.

  • Advocated for and assisted in the establishment of support groups for lesbian and gay youth in New Zealand, leading the development of guidelines for the operation of such groups and organized the first national lesbian and youth conference.

  • Contributed to the development of the First New Zealand AIDS Strategy as a member of the National Council on AIDS.

  • Established HIV/AIDS support and education and prevention programmes in the early days of HIV/AIDS epidemic across the Wellington region and participated in the establishment of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation

Me mahi tahi tautou mo te oranga o te katoa   -  Working together for the wellbeing of everyone

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