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.
“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 am a senior youth worker for the EA CYPS (Children and Young People Services). I am also part of our critical incident team and provide postvention and psychological first aid in schools and communities after any critical incident or sudden death . This training brought very much a different aspect and enhancement my exiting skills set and very much filled a very evident gap in bespoke response to families and parents bereaved by suicide . It made me think and review my interventions that in the future to approach from a whole family impact perspective . Really thought provoking and motivating me to keep learning and adding to how I support those bereaved through sudden death”
“The PABBS training was a day well spent. Sharon and Barry are excellent facilitators that bring enthusiasm and compassion to a topic which is often taboo in communities. The mix of research, experience and facilitation skills of the trainers is evident. I left the training feeling more confident and skilled to support and care for individuals and communities bereaved by suicide. I would highly recommend this training to anyone working in suicide prevention, intervention or postvention”
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.
“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 just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and 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 would like to say that this training is one of the best trainings I have attended for some time. Both facilitators were easy to listen to and each owned a wealth of knowledge that they were happy to share. I felt that everyone felt comfortable in asking questions and joining in group discussions. Prior to the course I thought that due to the subject matter the course would be dry. However, it was made enjoyable and fun, leaving me wanting more. Thank you to both of you”
“I found the training really useful and I truly believe it can make a difference to our workplace and staff if used correctly and effectively in turn our prisoners will feel more supported too”
As someone bereaved by suicide, it really was heart-warming to see such thorough training on suicide bereavement, but also for it to be led by people who understand the impact this type of bereavement can have on a variety of different people. The training has inspired me to read more around postvention work/research, self care for professionals and suicide in different populations. It has encouraged me to continue what I am doing, tweaking some practice here and there, and pushing for positive change. I would recommend the training for any organisations that want to support their employees or clients. For anyone who is worried that the training may be upsetting or triggering for them – I … Read more
Having personally witnessed the emotional and psychological carnage that can erupt following a suicide (for both families, clinicians, and the wider community). I now recognise the need for open, honest, and supportive channels of communication. This training program delivers the structure for this in a no-nonsense, well-designed approach, from skilled and knowledgeable speakers who have experienced this from either a personal or professional perspective. This is an essential program that should be actively embraced if we are to support those affected to overcome the aftermath of suicide, and I would implore all NHS Scotland boards to embrace this postvention model and help break down the ba… Read more