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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
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.
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 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.
I feel privileged to have been on your PABBS course and it helped me in two ways – in my work as a paramedic and knowing that whilst I cannot make it better for the relatives I can be there and also on a personal level when dealing with the aftermath of a suicide making sure I address my own feelings and look after my own mental health. […] The passion and commitment you showed us on this course has inspired me and made me determined to share with my colleagues the best way to both deal with events like this personally and also how I can help relatives of the deceased in a more constructive way.
I have to say it was one of the most insightful and helpful training programs I have ever attended. It was presented extremely well and was in a relatable and easy-to-understand manner. As someone who has experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide, I found all the areas discussed to be key in understanding and navigating the complex emotions and challenges that come with bereavement. The training also provided me with valuable insights on self-care and setting boundaries within my professional role, which I found particularly helpful. I would highly recommend the training to anyone working within this field.
‘I found the training informative and appropriated the recommend reading as both have helped to fill any small gaps in my information or confidence and reassured me that what I have been doing is the right approach’.
I attended the March 2022 PABBS training event in London where Angela and Lee facilitated the day with compassion, sensitivity, courage and openness all of which enabled rich discussion and collaborative thinking throughout. I came away from the day inspired and humbled but most notably equipped with deeper insights into postvention support which I hope can be integrated into the University community I currently work in.
‘This training is essential for those supporting individuals through such difficult times. I learnt so much, and feel so much more confident to use the tools in my practice’.
‘I found the training to be so valuable and so necessary. Its a rare thing to be in a space where we as professionals can unpack the complexity of suicide and its impact on individuals and society at large. To be together as we wade through opinions, biases, fears and hopes in a mutually supportive and held training. What I found to be most powerful was the emphasis on raw and current statistics around suicide, and how sharing the personal impact of that data makes it more likely that we become agents of change. The training gave everyone space to speak from both a personal and professional perspective about the impact of suicide , and to speak from the heart in a safe and compassion cent… Read more
“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.”
This Postvention [PABBS] evidenced-based training is the best around and delivered on everything it promised. Well-paced, with knowledgeable facilitators, the training offered participants exactly what was promised. Equipping us with the skills to confidently support individuals who have sadly been bereaved by suicide.
I think the PABBS training was so informative and delivered in a really efficient way. Being provided with studies and workbooks has been really useful in refreshing my memory on what was discussed, and also an aid in further self-reflection. I would recommend this training to everyone, regardless of knowledge and experience as you will definitely learn something new. The space felt really safe and the trainers held us all very well. So glad I did this training.