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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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“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 existing 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”

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Gina McDonaldSenior Youth WorkerColin Youth Development CentreBelfast

Thanks to PABBS, I am now accompanied by over seven and a half thousand voices that have been bereaved by suicide, and when I do the work that I do, that is a comfort to me. My training day with PABBS gave me insights I did not have, and resources I can draw upon, making me a better resource for the people I support. In the short time since the training I can tell you that those 7500 voices have already been heard by a university welfare team, dozens of bereavement volunteers and a collection of people who have found themselves in the club no one wanted to be in. But once you find yourself in that club, you realise you are desperately searching to connect with other members, so you can be he… Read more

Martin RoddisCEO - Chief Elephant OfficerElephants in Rooms

“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.”

Kathryn JarvisTwilight Sanctuary Support WorkerBrecon and District MindWALES

The trainer was very informative and happy to answer any questions or queries that we had. The language that was used to speak to the children would not be what I would have used before but I can see that this opens up opportunities for the children affected to ask questions. The training has also given me the confidence to have these conversations with the children even if I don’t have the answer. Having had a few children that have been affected buy suicide in the last few months, with this training I will know better how to support them.

Charlene AndrewsASA/ELSAMarshland Primary Academy

“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 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)

“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”

Kevin BaileyStrategic Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinatorWest Belfast Partnership BoardBelfast

As an operational Watch manager at Thornaby fire station which specialises in water rescue for the Brigade area, we deal with many incidents involving suicide or attempted suicide. We tend to deal with such incidents in a professional manner similar to the way we deal with all our incidents by trying to ensure the safety of our crews whilst hopefully saving life as we often do. We perhaps sometimes don’t give enough thought to the individual or their families or the impact we as professionals can have in those initial moments. The RTS training was presented brilliantly in a way that captivated all that attended and in future as incident commander I will be more aware and hopefully be able to… Read more

Dave BradshawWatch ManagerThornaby Fire Station

Angela and Yinka are a real credit to your organisation and the work you all do, thank you so much for one of the best training courses in this field of work.

Alex SutcliffeMajor Incident Response TeamNorth Yorkshire Council

“ Such a helpful day of training with PABBS. Two very experienced trainers presenting from a place of lived experience coupled with a wealth of research experience – a very powerful combination. Informative, engaging and insightful. Highly recommended”

Fiona GilpinProject LeadEmerge Advocacy