Depression and Suicide in Males - are we missing something?

The more we understand depression and the underlying reasons for the high suicide rate of men and what exactly needs to be changed to improve this situation, the greater the potential of our impact on our communities’ health and progress.

This half day workshop is facilitated by Dr Wilme Steenekamp. Wilme’s interest and knowledge about this topic has been informed by her broad scope of training and exposure over more than 35 years as a clinician working with men struggling with depression. Her training and work as Medical Doctor, Clinical Psychologist, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Practitioner and work as GP, Clinical Liaison Counsellor, Psychologist and couple’s Therapist has given her broad and practical perspectives on both depression and suicide in males. She has developed a novel approach and solutions to create awareness and help men and women in our complex society.

“I pay attention to and learn from people. What I teach comes from every precious interaction. I am thankful beyond words for that. I seek to make a difference by paying forward my learning.”

The workshop covers

  • Why are the suicide rates of men so much higher?
  • Do men with depression present differently to women?
  • Do men need more than being prescribed an anti-depressant and telephone numbers of suicide call-centres?
  • What leads up to men committing suicide? What are they struggling with? What do men think about depression and their masculinity?
  • How do men make use of resources of help when they are depressed?
  • Is depression and suicide related to other self-destructive behaviour?
  • What are possible solutions to these phenomena?
  • Practical strategies and tools to support men experiencing depression and suicidal thoughts.

Learning outcomes

Participants will:

  • Be able to apply new, research informed perspectives when dealing with male clients, family members, friends, colleagues and learners with mood disorder symptoms.
  • Be able to pay attention and provide men with a safe space within which they can be vulnerable.
  • Feel empowered to be more attuned, ask more intentionally directed questions and listen curiously to men’s responses.
  • Be inspired to apply actionable steps towards a journey of developing unique personal strengths, managing weaknesses and understand how this leads to a renewed sense of competency, self-worth, purpose and meaning.

The Depression and Suicide in Men workshops are worth 15 points/4 hours CPD.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is ideal for all healthcare and social service professionals working with men – Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists, GPs, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Youth Mentors, Mental Health Nurses as well as Educators and leaders on all levels. It is also ideal for anyone who has a male partner, friend or family member or anyone who is raising young men!

Dates and Locations

POSTPONED - new date pending

Venue: The Parnell, 10-20 Gladstone Street, Parnell, Auckland.

There is FREE car parking on site

POSTPONED - new date pending

Venue: St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

NB: There is PAID parking nearby

Date TBC

Venue: Arataki Community Centre, Zambuck Way (off Grenada Street), Mount Maunganui

Contact us for a location near you

Dr Wilme Steenekamp

Wilme trained as Medical Doctor, Clinical Psychologist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She is a member of the NZ Psychological Society and is registered with the NZ Psychology Board. She is also currently receiving training for Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and individuals. She worked for 30 years as a GP, but realized from the start that she was really interested in the psychological health of people and what motivates human behaviour. She did additional courses in counselling, and completed studies as a Psychologist. She has been working full time as a Psychologist since 2014, and is passionate about presenting at seminars and workshops – in order to help people understand themselves better, enable them to live better lives and develop their strengths.

She is currently based in Hamilton, NZ where she has a part time private practice and works in the rural areas of Waikato as a community adult mental health practitioner for the DHB.

What others are saying

“Thank you for an excellent presentation. I can absolutely relate to the information given as you are talking about several of my clients.” Steve Williams, Clinical Psychologist.

“Thanks for the presentation at journal club. I thought it was a really relevant and brave topic.” Dr Matthew Jenkins, Psychiatrist.

“Thank you for the interesting and broad-minded case based discussion. It was excellent.”  Dr Mangala Wettasinghe, Psychiatrist.

“I feel so much happier now, I have accomplished more than I thought I was capable of and am ready now to start with my studies!” Anonymous.

Price & Registration

Half Day Workshops: 8.30am - 1pm
Early Bird Price: $195 + GST 
Standard Price: $225 + GST

NB:Earlybird for Tauranga finishes on 6 July.

Registration process

Payment online is by debit or credit card (VISA, Mastercard or American Express) only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.  Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. 

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by credit card) there will be a $20 + GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:
- The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
- The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
- Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

If you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly, or have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on 021 066 9811 or email:

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $50.00 per attendee plus GST service charge

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment.

Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). You will be sent the event's materials upon request.

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Morning tea is included.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. In an effort to keep the price as low as possible, other special dietary requirements are unable to be catered for. You are however welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.

Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material

In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email following the workshop.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact our team at 021 066 9811 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.

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For further details, please contact:
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Phone: 021 066 9811