Winston Churchill Trust Invest in another Travel Fellowship that Focuses on Suicide Bereavement
Anne Embury is employed by the NHS and provides a suicide bereavement Liaison service in Cornwall. Anne has recently been informed that she has been awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to learn about best practice in postvention services in Australia and New Zealand and, in particular, to look at the development and delivery of “closed” (i.e. limited number of sessions) group work to people bereaved by suicide using a psychoeducation model to minimise the possibility of participants being re-traumatised, and to assist in facilitating improved functioning and adjustment.
Anne is intending to travel to Australia and New Zealand later this year. This is fantastic news as this will build on what I learn on my Fellowship. I am really hoping that Anne will also write a blog, so that she can inform you what she learns along the way.
You might be interested to know that Winston Churchill Memorial Trust also funded Julie Stokes to visit America in 1992. After completing her travel fellowship, she established ‘Winston’s Wish’ which provides support for bereaved children. In acknowledgement of her fellowship Julie named her organisation ‘Winston’s Wish.’ What a lovely gesture. For those that are not aware, Winston’s Wish provides excellent support for children bereaved by suicide. In fact, the people I have met in Australia and New Zealand sing the praises of Winston’s Wish and reference it in their postvention resources. Refer to the following link for more information about Winton’s Wish.
So, to my knowledge, Winston’s Churchill Memorial Trust has funded three fellows that focus on aspects of suicide bereavement and they are as follows:
1992 Julie Stokes Focusing on children bereaved by suicide;
2013 me : – ) Identifying good practice in suicide bereavement; and
2014 Anne Embury Group work with people bereaved by suicide.
It is wonderful that the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust can see the benefits of investing in learning more about suicide bereavement. I just hope that the Government , Public Health and the Department of Health, do the same and start to invest considerable funding into postvention, especially, as the Suicide Prevention Strategy has stressed the importance of focussing on this public health issue. Time will tell!