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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.

Having recently joined an organisation focused on Bereavement by Suicide I was glad to be enrolled on the PABBS course. I have trained and worked in Bereavement both privately and as a volunteer. This course for me not only enhanced my learning but added to my confidence working in the Bereaved by Suicide sector. The course was delivered sensitively in a warm and friendly environment safely. The subject matter was clear and presented professionally by caring individuals. It was amazing to listen to others experiences and share the knowledge in the room. I would recommend anybody working in this sector to look at this course and understand the benefits.

Peter BartlamFamily Liaison WorkerLifecraftCambridge

I deliver training, work with trainers and attend training Dr Sharon McDonnell, Suicide Bereavement UK and yours [PABBS] in Manchester pre-covid was among the best I have attended. I left feeling further motivated when working with those bereaved by suicide. As you always say this comes from you as a professional and a person and it shows!

Wendy BrookMerulae - Counsellor MHFA Associate and independent trainer. Mental Health Speaker. Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner

“Before the training commenced I was worried the content would be really sombre and draining but I was totally wrong; it was delivered so professionally and in such a way that it was interesting, informative and very respectful.  The interaction with the facilitators was great, attendees around the room were interactive and there was a real interest vibe from everyone.  I took quite a bit from the course, it made me look at suicide bereavement in a completely different way; I hadn’t realised how many people are affected by it and I certainly wasn’t aware of the stigma surrounding suicide.  In my role as a Prison Family Liaison Officer I am the person who breaks the news to the next of kin of… Read more

Rachel OleiskyEngagement & Communications Co-ordinator, HMP DoncasterDoncaster

After losing our beautiful daughter Mary to suicide in May 2020. We became increasingly aware that our granddaughter who was 6 at the time and so very close to her auntie, would one day start to ask more questions around how Mary died and so this training session was absolutely vital for us to understand how best to support her but also give us the confidence to be able to respond to her questions. The 90 minute session “Talking to children and young people when there has been a suicide”  was excellent and we would highly recommend this training for anyone living or working with a child who has been affected by suicide.

Sharon & Paul O’GaraTrusteesMary O’Gara Foundation

“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

“Responding to Suicide is the first time that statistical based information concerning suicide has been presented to serving officers in a way that is matter of fact, clear and  operationally relevant. It allowed me to see, and more importantly gave me the time, to understand the impact suicide has had on our community, our families but also on “us” I felt considered and that the hidden sacrifices I have made in working with people, were important. I felt like someone had really taken the time to try and understand what I had went through and the toll it had taken on me and my family. The heart of it was “ How can we do this better?” It was very validating and I felt lighter and more… Read more

Brendan DuffPolice ConstablePolice Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

Can I just say again, the delivery was superb, with the key strength being both trainers in my eyes.

The way in which they described their own personal experience of suicide was just so powerful and will stay with me a lifetime.  As a result my interactions and response at any future death by suicide will be directly as a result of the RTS training and the detailed insight they provided.

This training is a must for any emergency service provider and is a credit to you all!

Gary JonesClinical Support OfficerNorthern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS)

“This course was extremely helpful and informative. They covered general bereavement as well as bereavement by suicide, there was a lot I didn’t know/ or realise (now do). This will be an instrumental tool when I am working with my patients”

Jos StaresPCN Care Co-OrdinatorOneNorwich PracticesNorfolk

‘My name is Lisa and I took part in the PABBS training on the 3rd May. I have been a mental health professional for over 10 years now, working in adult acute care, and have been in my current role as a Street Triage Clinician for approx. 2 years. Throughout my career and personal life, I have been continuously exposed to people ending their life by suicide and also worked very closely with people who are struggling with bereavement from suicide.

I found the structure of the day very engaging and the resources will certainly be something I will take forward in my role, as signposting to appropriate services is a huge part of what I do now, as effective signposting is crucial.

I found the tr… Read more

Lisa FurnevalCumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

After attending the PABBS training delivered in Edinburgh, I would like to say a huge thank you, it was a privilege to meet the team and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. As well as learning from the evidence based information provided, it was so reassuring and positive to find the processes discussed current with the practices used. Albeit a very emotive day it was a pleasure meeting all in attendance and the delivery excellent. Once again thank you and all the team, wishing you every success in delivering the PABBS training to others in the future!

Paul BarrettTransition Support Officer (North)RMA - The Royal Marines Charity