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Welcome to the suicide bereavement site

Suicide Bereavement UK’s website has been designed so that it is relevant to various audiences, examples include

  • Those bereaved or affected by suicide trying to identify support and key resources
  • Professionals who come into contact with those bereaved by suicide
  • Those responsible for developing or commissioning a postvention service
  • Those who wish to attend evidence-based suicide bereavement training
  • Employers who are seeking bespoke crisis consultation when affected by suicide
  • Academics


Suicide Bereavement UK develop and deliver evidence-based theory-driven suicide bereavement training. All are informed by research and delivered by experts in the field.  Examples include Postvention Assisting those Bereaved By Suicide (PABBS), Responding To Suicide (RTS) and Prison Postvention training.  All are 1st of their kind internationally.


Dr. Sharon McDonnell’s blog aims to help reduce stigma and advance understanding of the experiences and perceived needs of those bereaved or affected by suicide. She achieves this by sharing her personal experience of being bereaved by suicide and her skills and knowledge as an expert in suicide bereavement research. She also writes about other things that are of interest to her.


All research is led by Dr Sharon McDonnell, an international expert in suicide bereavement research, Managing Director of Suicide Bereavement UK and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. She is currently leading the national suicide bereavement survey and the Armed Forces suicide bereavement study.

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Suicide Bereavement UK Poem

Poet Jenny Berry was commissioned to write a poem for Suicide Bereavement UK. The poem reminds us all of the stigma often associated with suicide bereavement and the importance of those bereaved by suicide being able to talk about their loss.


Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the ‘Responding to Suicide’ course that I attended yesterday, it really is one of the best courses that I have been lucky enough to complete in my 23 years in NIAS.  It was informative, useful, emotional and practical and I feel that it will be so beneficial for me in my current Station Officer role, from either the perspective of responding to calls or supporting staff that have attended calls involving suicide and it has also enhanced my ability to support staff that may be struggling emotionally themselves.

Can I just add that the lived experiences of Angela and Lee were so meaningful and so beneficial from the perspective of giving us (as firs… Read more

Gillian FurnessStation OfficerNorthern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS)Armagh & Banbridge

“I felt that the trainers knew and understood their subject very well and sharing the personal experiences was beneficial to understanding the sensitive nature of the training. I realised how vital GP work is to people, and what a difference they can make to some ones support and care after losing someone to suicide. Suicide is a very difficult and emotive subject to train people about and involves a lot of thoughtful preparation around how to support people who work with it and have a lot of connections to suicide including personal experience of suicide”

Heather PennellMINDNorwich

I found the course “Postvention Assisting those Bereaved By Suicide (PABBS) ONE DAY Training” very informative and good. The course was professional, and it was very encouraging to meet others who work to support relatives and can share experiences and views. Teachers’ experience of insight and interest in the subject was one of the biggest advantages of the course.

Guðrún Jóna GuðlaugsdóttirProject ManagerDirectorate of Health in Iceland

” I was very reassured by the professionalism behind the PABBS training delivered recently to a multiagency audience in Powys. It was a very clear, interesting and timely presentation and provided safe opportunities for small group discussion. Our goal is to ensure greater awareness of this area within our School Service, and that every school has a postvention protocol to follow when necessary.”

Alun FlynnPrincipal Educational Psychologist

“Attending training can be a worrying issue when everyone is so busy and giving up a full day needs to be worthwhile. The PABBS training was very worthwhile, the best use of a full day out of work in a very long time. Both trainers are skilled at delivering the information required, but more importantly showed warmth and used humour to connect to the group. Thank you both, I felt I learned lots and now feel more confident to put that learning into practice”

Glenis ThompsonDoncaster Children's Services TrustDoncaster

As a community worker often left to deal with very difficult after effects of a Suicide and feeling extremely scared to find the right approach to support a community, I found the PABBS training extremely helpful. It provided me with a much better insight as to how individuals process grief and the complications it brings for families and communities.

This training provided me with the confidence and skills to support those bereaved by suicide, and helped me gain a much better understanding of those bereaved. 

Annie ArmstrongNeighbourhood Renewal ManagerColin Neighbourhood PartnershipBelfast

I attended the March 2022 PABBS training event in London where Angela and Lee facilitated the day with compassion, sensitivity, courage and openness all of which enabled rich discussion and collaborative thinking throughout. I came away from the day inspired and humbled but most notably equipped with deeper insights into postvention support which I hope can be integrated into the University community I currently work in.

Kate SimpsonUniversity Counsellor and Clinical Lead Support

I found the training event incredibly beneficial.  It was thought provoking, informative and provided a safe space for colleagues to discuss openly and share experiences. The trainers were brilliant hosts and trainers; it was a privilege to hear their stories. The training provided a safe space for some very open and honest conversations, which were powerful in terms of getting people to think differently around the language we use about suicide and the whole assessment process.

Thank you very much 

Lynn ReesQuality Assurance OfficerHywel Dda University Health Board

“The RTS Training gave me the insight and learning to proactively support families managing suicide bereavement, it highlighted to me the importance and potential of introducing Suicide Family Liaison Officers across Hampshire. The trainers lived experience of suicide was fundamental to the training and very impactive”

With very many thanks.

Jodie BosworthHampshire Police

‘The PABBS training was very informative and was well run by the trainers. The information, resources and workbook are essential to influence change in how we as a Police Service along with Partner Agencies respond to those bereaved by suicide.  The course was well attended by a wide variety of Organisations, Third Party and key personnel, all of whom shared their experiences. The course highlighted for me personally how consideration must be provided to the impact on Emergency Service personnel in attending incidents and also provided useful resources which have now been implemented as part of our response to support Police Staff. The course provided an excellent foundation for us as Partne… Read more

Brian JonesPolice InspectorDyfed Powys Police