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.
I found the PABBS training to be delivered professionally and with real understanding of the effects of loss by suicide. This is a well put together piece of training that i found authentic and will be a great help to anyone coming into contact with those affected by loss to Suicide.
An extremely informative day which gave me a better insight into how many people are affected in a case of death by suicide and in how to deal with them. It will certainly assist in my work as a celebrant taking funerals and know how to work more closely and effectively with people.
I recently attended PABBS training and really found it to be a useful and valuable day. I ended the day feeling more confident and more skilled to assist people who had been bereaved by suicide. The training was delivered by knowledgeable professionals who were passionate about their subject. I learnt more about how postvention skills are also prevention skills. The course included some really practical advice on how to support people bereaved by suicide, and how we need to be alert to the vulnerabilities of bereaved families and friends. This is essential training for all health care practitioners.
The course gave a very good overview of what is a difficult subject for many people – informative and thought provoking. It really was an excellent day (I particularly loved the pace and the opportunity to ask questions). A very valuable day’s training.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Suicide Bereavement Course in Manchester in 2018. It was thought provoking and had a range of professionals in attendance which gave different views to the subject. I came away with skills and strategies that I intend to use in my role in Telford & Wrekin Council as the Safeguarding Children in Education Officer.
Great training provided by an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and supportive team. They created a really relaxed and supportive environment and provided us with the knowledge to go away and think about how we can best utilise the information learnt to support those bereaved by suicide in our professional areas. It was nice to meet so many other enthusiastic individuals, from a multitude of professions, all working towards the same goal.
I attended the Suicide bereavement training in Manchester on 5th February 2019. I found this training to be very informative, helpful and insightful. It was delivered in a sensitive and considerate manner. Suicide is a very emotive subject and the training has help me in various ways. I work in crisis team, which is directly dealing with young people who are having suicidal thoughts and some attempt suicide. The aim of my role is to prevent young people taking their own lives. Therefore the training has been helpful to me in many ways, for example it covered how important the use of language can be to those who have been affected by someone who is contemplating suicide or the families who ha… Read more
I found the training to be incredibly useful & thought-provoking.
Having been bereaved by suicide l know first hand the devastation for families left behind. This course will give you a true insight into the impact that suicide can have on families, communities and professionals . The course leaders showed an obvious knowledge and understanding of the issues. I highly recomend this training If you are wanting to support people in a compassionate way following a bereavement by suicide.