The Diary of Dr. Sharon McDonnell

Aged 53 and 3/4

20th May, 2020

Dear Diary

‘No Man is an Island’
John Donne (1624)

The past few weeks have created so much uncertainty for us all, including my organisation Suicide Bereavement UK. We have even debated whether or not to cancel our 2020 international conference. After much deliberation, we decided that we will host this event. The reason being, now more than ever, we need to come together, recharge our batteries, learn from each other, in preparation for what might be ahead during the next few months.

I am also mindful that many friendships are made at the conference and they all look forward to meeting each other. So bring it on! Suicide Bereavement UK can be a lighthouse, shining brightly and welcome people to Manchester, to help recharge their batteries, in preparation for the unchartered waters that lay ahead.

We have a fantastic line up of speakers, covering diverse issues. Take a look at our conference flyer – I promise you will be impressed.

I have to say diary, I love hosting this annual event as all my friends and colleagues who I really care about and respect, are under one roof and welcome the opportunity to learn from each other. So on reflection, I suppose it’s fair to say that emotionally, I get as much out of this event as those who attend. After all, lighthouse keepers need to re-charge their batteries to!

I look forward to meeting up with many of you at the conference.
Until then, take care
Sharon x


Moral of this post: Engage and connect with others, networking is important for many reasons, keep learning and bringing people together with a common goal is important.


Dr. Sharon McDonnell is the Managing Director of Suicide Bereavement UK
©Suicide Bereavement UK 2020