Training and Events

Building Wellness runs training and events to raise awareness around mental health, suicide prevention, and offers a platform for community best practice to promote wellbeing in our region, and the construction sector.  

Check out our upcoming events and workshops.

TOOLS TO TALK SESSION

Put your tools down and bring your team along to this Tools to Talk session featuring Richie Hardcore. The construction industry in New Zealand currently top all other sectors in mental health statistics and suicides. Richie’s topics shine a light on the many contributing factors which pose a risk to the wellbeing of our people working in construction.

A former New Zealand Muay Thai champion, and now working as a keynote presenter and educator, Richie has spoken throughout Australasia on topics such as masculinity, violence prevention, mental health, fitness, and drug and alcohol abuse, that many find difficult to discuss. He does so with ease, grace, and humour, not to reduce the severity of the topics, but to make the interrelated themes easier to digest and relatable to all. Richie works for White Ribbon New Zealand; Ministry of Social Development; with maximum security prisoners, has spoken in New Zealand Parliament; presented to countless businesses and not-for-profit organisations; frequently speaks at schools and is regularly called upon to give mainstream media commentary.

This Tools to Talk session is relevant for all people working in the building, civil , infrastructure, and engineering spaces, including those who regularly interact with the construction workforce – tradespeople, builders, labourers, merchant suppliers, industry leaders and business owners, H&S advisors, professional service providers, community and healthcare connectors and services, our local and regional councils, clients – Those along the supply chain all play a part.

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Time: 7.30AM-9.00AM Breakfast served on arrival 

Date: Tuesday 9th August 

Venue: The Ballroom, Plymouth International, 220 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth

Cost: $25 p/person 

A dedicated three level training programme aims to support Buddies, Mentors, and Leaders, and equip them with knowledge and practical skills to support wellbeing in the workplace.

BUDDY WORKSHOP LEVEL 1

Level 1 workshop equips buddies with the knowledge and skills to support mental health within the workplace. By attending this workshop, you will learn how to identify people at risk of suicide, gain increased knowledge of depression and anxiety, and learn practical tips for starting conversations about mental health and help-seeking.

Resource book and pocket guide provided for each workshop.

3 hours per workshop                     

Free for members (non-members $140+GST p/person)

Limit to 20 persons per workshop     

Facilitator: Dr Andy Walmsley 

FRI 22 JUL

8:00am to 11:00am

71 Hurlstone Drive, New Plymouth

FRI 26 AUG

8:00am to 11:00am

71 Hurlstone Drive, New Plymouth

FRI 30 SEPT

8:00am to 11:00am

71 Hurlstone Drive, New Plymouth

PRIVATE SESSION

Friday 8:00am to 11:00am

Onsite training – Register up to 20 staff 

Want to run this workshop onsite? Enquire about running this training onsite.

None of these dates work for you? Please suggest another date/time. 

WELLBEING LEADERSHIP LEVEL 1

Level 1 Wellbeing Leadership workshop provides leaders with the knowledge and tools to have conversations about mental health within the workplace. You will gain an understanding of mental health and the key factors that can affect wellbeing, gain knowledge around suicide prevention, and engage in practical exercises to improve leader’s confidence in discussing mental health during work meetings. This workshop will help you to develop skills to empower someone to access support. 

Resource book and pocket guide provided for each workshop.

3 hours per workshop                    

$150+GST p/person                   

Limit to 20 persons per workshop

Facilitator: Dr Andy Walmsley

FRI 29 JUL

8:00am to 11:00am 

71 Hurlstone Drive, New Plymouth

FRI 19 AUG 

8:00am to 11:00am 

71 Hurlstone Drive, New Plymouth

FRI 23 SEPT 

8:00am to 11:00am 

71 Hurlstone Drive, New Plymouth

FRI 21 OCT

8:00am to 11:00am 

71 Hurlstone Drive, New Plymouth

Want to run this workshop onsite? Enquire about running this training onsite.

None of these dates work for you? Please suggest another date/time. 

MEET YOUR FACILITATOR

Dr Andy Walmsley is a Clinical Psychologist working in New Plymouth. His previous research has focused on suicide prevention among construction workers.

His PhD explored help-seeking attitudes and behaviours among men within the New Zealand construction industry. He chose his PhD topic in order to offer practical help to address the high rates of suicide within the sector.  

For more information on Dr Andy Walmsley please visit – Andy Walmsley | Andy Walmsley Tools for your Mind | New Plymouth 

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