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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

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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), 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
  • Academics


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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.

I had no expectations of the training however if I did they would have been massively exceeded! It was thought provoking, very informative and expertly delivered. The passion, knowledge and experience of the facilitators was vast and varied and I felt like I learned a lot to take away and start to introduce into my practice. We have already discussed ways in which we can improve and build upon our postvention work across the locality. I highly recommend this training for all professionals working in health care.
Samantha DistonClinical LeadSunderland Psychiatric Liaison Team, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation TrustNorth East
The Trust has a Suicide Liaison Officer, Barry McGale, who does not just work well locally, but is globally active and is part of progressive policy-pushing network on the subject. When people spoke about the Derry model, part of what they meant was that suicide liaison service.
Mark DurkanMPSocial Democratic and Labour Party
I was feeling very excited about attending the PABBS suicide bereavement training prior to coming. The prospect of guidance and tools to help when meeting with people who have been bereaved by suicide felt positive. The content and the delivery of the training by both Sharon and Angela was amazing. There is nothing better than learning from people who have lived experience of the topic and are enthusiastic  about helping bring about change. The content was real, from people who have lived it, with their advice of what helps the most. I left feeling motivated and less frightened of how I would react when I was faced with a postvention situation. You must have decided to use the secret shoppin… Read more
Kate CostelloPsychiatric NurseSouth Tyneside General Hospital, Cumbria, Northumbria, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation TrustNorth East
I am a serious incident investigator working in the Patient Safety Team for TEWV mental health Trust. I attended the PABBS training and found it very helpful not only being able to listen to / network with others and learn from their initiatives but also in considering the evidence-based research that was undertaken, it made me think again about how I work / how my organisation works and the processes we have in place for supporting people bereaved by suicide both as staff working with the person as well as their family. This training has made me realise how important the right support at the right time is and we have instigated a review of our post-vention support with a plan to improve thi… Read more
Catherine Lee-CowanSerious Incident InvestigatorTees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation TrustNorth East
I really enjoyed the course , it was interactive and thought provoking , not just in relation to how we need to work with the family and friends of those people who have ended their lives, but especially the impact it has on staff , and ways to support these staff , acknowledge that staff will be impacted by these acts. Would seriously recommend  the training to other staff , and I plan to look at how I can change my practice to support staff.
Karen NicollUnity Locality Manager, Lead NurseGreater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation TrustManchester
A well organised, informative course, on such a sensitive subject. Delivered in the most respectable way.
Jeannie OwensTrainee PsychotherapistUnity RadioManchester
For anyone who encounters or supports people affected by suicide, the PABBS training is a must. A loss by suicide is such a complex grieving process and therefore warrants specialised training. I came away with a much richer understanding of how to help those impacted by suicide – from family members to clinicians – thanks to the engaging and well researched training provided by Dr. Sharon McDonnell and her team.
Halani FoulshamChairpersonSurvivors of Bereavement by SuicideUK
PABBS suicide bereavement training is very useful for all the professionals. It gives an understanding of how little we are doing  to support the affected at present. Bereavement itself is difficult and following suicide it gets even more complex and emotional.
Dr Sharada AbilashConsultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Quality and SafetyDudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS TrustMidlands
It was a great pleasure to meet you and the Facilitators on what was an extremely worthwhile and beneficial course. I know that that I will be able to use much of the material as I spend time with Families affected by suicide. Thank you so much.
Paul BowenFuneral CelebrantEast of England Co-opIpswich
The PABBS UK provides informative, interactive, thought provoking training for those working with the suicide bereaved. Evidence based training such as this is imperative for effective postvention.
Fiona TuomeyFounderH.U.G.G. (Healing Untold Grief Groups)Dublin