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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
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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Please consider taking part in Suicide Bereavement UK’s research to help advance our understanding of the experiences and needs of those bereaved by suicide.
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.
‘I found the training to be so valuable and so necessary. Its a rare thing to be in a space where we as professionals can unpack the complexity of suicide and its impact on individuals and society at large. To be together as we wade through opinions, biases, fears and hopes in a mutually supportive and held training. What I found to be most powerful was the emphasis on raw and current statistics around suicide, and how sharing the personal impact of that data makes it more likely that we become agents of change. The training gave everyone space to speak from both a personal and professional perspective about the impact of suicide , and to speak from the heart in a safe and compassion cent… Read more
‘I found the training informative and appropriated the recommend reading as both have helped to fill any small gaps in my information or confidence and reassured me that what I have been doing is the right approach’.
‘I just wanted to say a massive thank you to your colleagues for an amazing day of training last week in Manchester. Just utterly fantastic all round. I am so inspired and fired up with ways to enhance our service delivery!
You’re all excellent human beings!’
I think the PABBS training was so informative and delivered in a really efficient way. Being provided with studies and workbooks has been really useful in refreshing my memory on what was discussed, and also an aid in further self-reflection. I would recommend this training to everyone, regardless of knowledge and experience as you will definitely learn something new. The space felt really safe and the trainers held us all very well. So glad I did this training.
PABBS training provides a safe environment for those attending to consider the wider impact suicide has on all those involved from immediate/extended family, friends and staff members involved in the care of the individual. The research and information given on the day was thought provoking and reminded me as a mental health professional that much more needs to be considered postvention as often we are more focused on risk assessments and professional worry regarding the care we provide.
As an addictions practitioner I was delighted to see the inclusion of substance use in the discussion as I am very much aware of the increasing risk associated with this and the impulsivity of individuals u… Read more
“The PABBS course contained a very good balance of information and practical guidance around creating an effective Suicide Postvention response. The presenters were experienced and knowledgeable and the opportunity to learn from them and engage with the other course participants has increased my understanding and confidence around helping to manage my organisation’s response to a suicide, should it ever be necessary. Thank you very much for an extremely useful training day”
“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
Currently attending a day of fabulous training on how to assist and support those bereaved by suicide. Honored to be part of this ongoing work
Angela and Yinka are a real credit to your organisation and the work you all do, thank you so much for one of the best training courses in this field of work.