Suicide Bereavement UK specialise in the following:
- Suicide bereavement research;
- Providing consultancy on postvention (care of those bereaved by suicide); and
- Developing and delivering evidence-based suicide bereavement training
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), Emergency Services Postvention Response (ESPR) 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 Emergency Services Postvention Response (ESPR) study.
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
On twitter …
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.
“PABBS training is professionally produced and presented. The trainers had a good level of understanding and experience, and the supporting materials complemented the training well. While the course is aimed at GPs, I would recommend it to anyone who may come into contact with people who have been bereaved by suicide in the course of their work”
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.
“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”
“I feel privileged to have attended and I strongly recommend we promote attendance within our KMPT family. I strongly believe if we can field enough we have an opportunity to change cultures, save lives and offer truly meaning postvention, not just those personally bereaved but those professionally to”
“Compassionately delivered, honest, informative and thought provoking training. It was great to have up to date research findings. Case study and small group work really brought thinking around supporting people to life. Lots of really useful resources and information that I can use in my role, to share with colleagues and the wider team.”
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
“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”
“PABBS training is professionally produced and presented. The trainers had a good level of understanding and experience, and the supporting materials complemented the training well. While the course is aimed at GPs, I would recommend it to anyone who may come into contact with people who have been bereaved by suicide in the course of their work”.
I felt the day was very well organised thorough postvention training. Opportunities to question, excellent advice and resources to take away and signposting to access more. Sharon & Angela are very personable and honest creating a very open forum for everyone to join in discussion and share experience in a confidential environment.
I felt very safe with the COVID measures that were put in place for the day.
“I attended Kent’s first cohort of Postvention Assisting Those Bereaved by Suicide and admittedly I wasn’t entirely sure what I was expecting and I say openly, this was the most thought provoking and strangely energising CPD course ever attended”