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Coming Soon: 13th International Conference, 26th September 2024

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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

The training was emotional. The Trainer created a safe space for us to explain our thoughts in the group activities. I am able to signpost persons to local organisations as additional support and respond to risk. I feel this training has built on my knowledge about prevention of suicide.

Thank you to the Trainers.

Sharon CooperPolice ConstablePolice Services of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

I recently attended the PABBS training in Oldham for Pennine NHS Foundation Trust.

As a Church of England Chaplain, I thought I was prepared and thought I had some knowledge about dealing with ‘bereaved after suicide.’ This course just re-iterated what a very complex situation this is. It has offered me time to think about how I can change my attitude and skills in dealing with this very sensitive time. I wish I had some of this valuable information before I had to support two families who had lost children to suicide. I cannot recommend the course enough, the trainers and the course content are excellent….Hopefully this situation wont be a common occurrence but if it happens again I … Read more

Rev Annie McMullenChaplainPennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

“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”.

Anna GillionsBereavement Support OfficerShropshire Mental Health SupportShropshire

“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

I attended the course with some apprehension, it’s a very relaxed environment and humour and appreciation for one another story is very pertinent to your own understanding of suicide and bereavement. It was also purposeful to connect to others on the course who have a lived experience of suicide that may shape how you deal with or manage future families that you may support in your role or profession. It would be good for me as an NHS professional to understand the journey of grief after suicide and I hope this would be explored further on the day. But appreciating one day is a short window to experience or develop such skills or at least have confidence in your acquisition. The resources th… Read more

Les;ey HuttonSenior Clinical Carers LeadLincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust

Given the impact on suicide for those left behind the course was delivered with such sensitivity and thought provoking too.  It was really good to get a feel of what people experience and that we are not alone in the various amount of feelings when a loved one takes their own life. The statistics are difficult especially around those who are at risk of taking/attempt to take their own life and consideration has to be given to the people who did not know the person either. The course will help me when we look at challenges others are going through when they come to use our services that we look to open the forum not just to family but to friends and others who have been impacted by a person w… Read more

Emma KeasleyVolunteerNai’s House

I just wanted to say what an amazing day Angela and Yinka gave us.  The Major Incident Response Team volunteers provide the county’s primary postvention service and to be able to receive this valuable training really added to building their confidence in being able to sit with, and have compassionate conversations with those bereaved.  The course delivery is very informative and engaging with just the right balance of education and conversation.  Seeing the reality of data really brought the subject home to the volunteers and hopefully if they didn’t already know it they do now, the important role they play in quickly supporting those bereaved.  The volunteers have been emailing me to say ho… Read more

Alex SutcliffeMajor Incident Response TeamNorth Yorkshire Council

“Excellent days training. The passion and commitment from Sharon and her team to be open and honest about suicide bereavement and their drive to reduce stigma was infectious. As someone starting in a new role as a suicide bereavement support worker I felt filled with confidence, skills and understanding by both the professional training given and the heartfelt stories of their lived experiences.”

Sami MarshallYouth Works Northamptonshire

The training day was delivered expertly and the fact that it was delivered by people who have genuine lived experience of the needs of families by bereaved by suicide, means it was impossible not to learn and improve from the day. The resources provided were first rate and it was also encouraging to realise that we’re actually doing a lot right in our work with bereaved families.

Rob LapsleyCo-Founder & DirectorLove Jasmine