Media Contributions

World Mental Health Day - Podcast with Sharon

Thursday, October 10, 2019

University of Manchester podcast for World Mental Health Day. Sharon McDonnell talks about how she harnessed the power of social media with the help of Neville Southall to encourage 7,000 people to fill in her survey on the impact of suicide

Bobby Pratap (NHS England) twitter response to PABBS Suicide Bereavement Training

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Bobby Pratap retweeted and responded to Dr Sharon Mcdonnell tweet @SJMcDonn about PABBS evidence-based suicide bereavement training.

'The NHS long term plan includes funding and commitments to have suicide bereavement services available in every area, to anyone who is bereaved by suicide. This training may therefore well worth a look to prepare for implementation of that aim'.


Monday, January 7, 2019

A personal tragedy set @SJMcDonn on a path to change things for the better through research into #suicidebereavement. Now her NIHR-funded work is shining a light on the needs of those who have lost someone to #suicide  @SBUK11 @OfficialUoM #SBUKconf18

Podcast interview with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, based in USA.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Title:  The Unimaginable Grief – Parents Bereaved by Their Childs suicide (episode 24)
Sharon talks about her personal loss to suicide,  suicide bereavement research which she leads; specifically PABBS evidence-based suicide bereavement training and the national suicide bereavement survey.

Unity radio interviews Dr Sharon McDonnell

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Jeannie Owens and Lee Gueller from Unity Radio (Manchester local radio station with an audience, predominently young and male) delivered a ground breaking one and a half hour programme called 'Sunday Speak Out' focussing on suicide and suicide bereavement. Sharon is interviewed (starts from 46 mins) about losing her brother, PABBS evidence-based suicide bereavement training and also about the national suicide bereavement survey.
If you have time, we would recommend listening to the whole interview, which is full of facts, humour, vulnerabilities and compassion.

Neville Southall Refers to National Suicide Bereavement Survey

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Neville Southall,  refers to the national suicide bereavement survey, whilst being interviewed on Talk Sport, which is  being led by Dr. Sharon McDonnell and her team at the University of Manchester in collaboration with Support After Suicide Partnership. Neville was instrumental in helping to raise awareness of the survey on his twitter account and has helped to motivate hundreds of men to complete the survey.


Dr Sharon McDonnell interview for BBC Radio Scotland

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Dr Sharon McDonnell was intervewed on the Kaye Adams programme on BBC Radio Scotland alongside journalist Mark Dowd who discusses losing his brother to suicide and his documentatry entitled 'After Suicide' (BBC World Service) -


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Suicide Bereavement: What About Us?

Dr. Sharon McDonnell was invited by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to write a post about the PABBS evidence-based suicide bereavement training, for the NIHR blog.  The PABBS training was informed by a three year study,  conducted at the University of Manchester, funded by NIHR (Research for Patient Benefit) Programme, first of its kind internationally and led by Dr. Sharon McDonnell.

Dr Sharon McDonnell interviewed on Voice of Islam UK radio station

Monday, September 10, 2018
Dr. Sharon McDonnell was invited to speak about the impact of suicide bereavement on Voice of Islam UK radio station on World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September)

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 2018 newsletter

Monday, August 27, 2018

Dr. Sharon McDonnell  was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to visit Australia and New Zealand to identify good practice in the field of suicide bereavement. 
Her work is referred to in  Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 2018 newsletter (page 11)

Dr SharonMcDonnell Interview with Radio Cornwall

Friday, August 24, 2018
Dr Sharon McDonnell is Interviewed by Laurence Reed from BBC Radio Cornwall and talks about suicide bereavement and the UK suicide bereavement survey. 

Dr Sharon McDonnell interview at Radio Manchester

Friday, August 24, 2018

BBC radio kindly agreed to promote the UK suicide bereavement survey


Dr Sharon McDonnell interview at Radio City

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Dr Sharon McDonnell joins Mick Coyle from Radio City in Liverpool to share her story and to ask people to support her survey that will find out the true impact of suicide on those who lose loved ones.  Sharon’s hoping more than 7000 people join it ahead of a the deadline on Aug 31st 2018.


BEHIND THE HEADLINES: A look at efforts to improve services for those bereaved by suicide

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dr Sharon McDonnell appeared in an article on South Wales Argos looking at those bereaved by suicide

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Invite Dr. Sharon McDonnell to write a post about her Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Dr. Sharon McDonnell was invited to write a blog about her  Winston Churchill Memorial Travel  (WCMT) Travel Fellowship, which involved visiting Australia and New Zealand to learn about the work being conducted in Australia and New Zealand.  The blog includes a link to her WCMT report.