Online Modules

Bespoke training tailored to your organisational/professional needs

Suicide Bereavement UK (SBUK) specialises in ‘postvention’ (care of those bereaved after the event of a suicide) and are leaders in the field of suicide bereavement training. At SBUK, we understand the importance of blended learning and offer both face-to-face one-day workshops (‘PABBS’ and ‘ESPR’ training) and a range of brief ‘ON THE GO’ online modules focusing on discrete aspects of suicide bereavement. Brief ‘ON THE GO’ online modules complement our face-to-face training, enabling employers/individuals, through blended learning, to build a bespoke training programme in the aspects of suicide bereavement that are most relevant to their organisational or professional needs.

Online modules in suicide bereavement training are offered at both Level 1 and Level 2.

Level 1 – is for those with no knowledge, a basic understanding of postvention or have an interest in a specific module

  1. Suicide Bereavement & Language
  2. Talking with Children and Young People When There Has Been a Suicide
  3. Introduction to Post-Traumatic Growth
  4. Suicide Postvention & The Covid-19 Pandemic

Level 2 – is more specialised (e.g. working with therapeutic tools). NB: appropriate qualifications required to attend the following module

  1. Applying the ‘Grief Map’ Model to Support People Bereaved by Suicide

Cost of each ‘ON THE GO’ training module is £80 + VAT

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‘ON THE GO’ Terms & Conditions

Face to Face One-Day Workshops

Our ‘Postvention Assisting those Bereaved By Suicide’ (PABBS) training and ‘Emergency Services Postvention Response’ (ESPR) training are both delivered in one-day, face-to-face, interactive workshops.

PABBS Training

PABBS evidence-based one-day training is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with those bereaved by suicide. It aims to equip trainees with the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond appropriately to people who are bereaved in this way. It is the first training of its kind internationally, having been developed and informed by a 3-year research programme, conducted at the University of Manchester and funded by the National Institute for Health Research. PABBS is CPD-accredited and delivered by two experienced trainers with considerable experience of working with those bereaved or affected by suicide.

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Emergency Services Postvention Response (ESPR) training

ESPR one-day training is for active duty first responders (i.e. personnel who are actively engaged in police, ambulance, fire, air, sea and rescue services) and aims to increase knowledge and skills in responding effectively after a (suspected) suicide. This one-day highly interactive workshop has been informed by in-depth research with first responders and is delivered by two facilitators with extensive knowledge and practical experience of working in the fields of critical incident management and suicide postvention (care of those bereaved by suicide). While the sessions are interactive, the training does not include any role-play.

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On the Go 90-minute Online Modules

SBUK has developed a suite of brief, interactive, 90-minute ‘ON THE GO’ online modules, each focusing on a different aspect of suicide bereavement e.g.: working effectively with grief, using appropriate language, communicating with children bereaved by suicide, working with suicide bereavement in the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘ON THE GO’ training is a cost and time efficient way of maximising investment in staff training.

All ‘ON THE GO’ modules have been developed by a multi-disciplinary team of experts in suicide prevention and suicide bereavement support, from the fields of research, mental health and trauma. Course content draws on the latest evidence and practice. The training aims to increase understanding, skills and confidence in responding to and helping to empower those bereaved by suicide (who are themselves highly vulnerable to the risk of suicide). Modules are delivered in a virtual classroom in bite-sized sessions to fit around busy work schedules, by two experienced online trainers, with considerable experience of working with those bereaved or affected by suicide. Sessions are designed to complement PABBS one-day training and can be mixed and matched according to your organisational/professional needs. For those unable to attend a PABBS or ESPR one-day workshop, our ‘ON THE GO’ online modules offer the opportunity to build knowledge and skills in suicide bereavement support through brief training.

Advantages of Attending ‘ON THE GO’ Online Modules

  • Brief, concise virtual classes that deliver complex concepts and sensitive information associated with suicide bereavement in easily-digestible chunks
  • Time and cost-efficient training enabling organisations/individuals to maximise their financial investment for minimal investment of time
  • Supports organisations/individuals to address the NHS Long Term Plan and key areas for action in suicide prevention strategies
  • Enables staff to balance work schedules with skills development
  • Through remote learning, offers the potential to reach a wider range of professionals than traditional face-to-face methods
  • Enables organisations/individuals to continue with skills development even during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

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Who has created ‘ON THE GO’ training?

The creators of ON THE GO’ online training are all members of the Suicide Bereavement UK (SBUK) team, and come from diverse professional backgrounds. They include practitioners, academics and those with lived-experience of suicide bereavement. In combination, they have extensive experience in:

  • developing and delivering evidence-based, theory-driven suicide bereavement training
  • conducting suicide bereavement research (e.g. led the national suicide bereavement survey on behalf of the University of Manchester and SASP, which recruited 7,158 people bereaved or affected by suicide)
  • working in the fields of suicide prevention and postvention (that is care of those bereaved by suicide), psycho-traumatology, critical incident management, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, psychology and social work
  • developing and delivering the first NHS postvention service in the UK (which is currently being replicated nationally)
  • providing immediate support to those bereaved by suicide at the scene
  • supporting those bereaved by suicide across the lifespan
  • working with children and families bereaved by suicide, alongside emergency services, with specialist groups impacted by suicide (e.g. self-help groups, prisons, the Armed Forces) and in the NHS and Public Health

Members of the team are all keynote speakers, some with broadcasting experience, and have published widely in this field and developed key resources for those bereaved by suicide. Several have received both national and international awards for their work in suicide bereavement. Some members have been bereaved or affected by suicide.

Creators of the ‘ON THE GO’ training modules:

  • Dr Sharon McDonnell, Managing Director of SBUK and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester
  • Barry McGale, Senior Suicide Prevention consultant and trainer
  • Liz Koole, Child and Family Suicide Bereavement Lead, trainer and consultant
  • Angela Samata, Lived-Experience Advisor, trainer and creative consultant
  • Andrea Walraven-Thissen, Critical Incident Lead, trainer and consultant
  • Maria Roberts, Business Consultant
  • Dr Pauline Nelson, Research and Publication Lead

About Suicide Bereavement UK (SBUK)

SBUK consists of experts in the field of postvention (care of those bereaved by suicide). Our team includes practitioners, people with lived experience and researchers. Combined, our expertise is multi-disciplinary and enables us to specialise in postvention research, training and consultancy across the lifespan.

SBUK’s aim is to improve the care of those bereaved or affected by suicide and to help reduce the stigma that surrounds suicide bereavement. This is achieved by educating professionals, conducting independent research and informing policy and practice. SBUK’s sole focus is on issues associated with suicide bereavement. We are regarded as leaders in the field of suicide bereavement, with an unrivalled training portfolio, giving assurance that organisations/individuals will be training with an expert team.

SBUKs commitment to re-investing profits

Any profits from our SBUK training packages are re-invested into independent suicide bereavement research and collaboration (e.g. Dr McDonnell (Managing Director of SBUK, led the National Suicide Bereavement Survey, pro-bono, which identified the experiences and perceived needs of 7,158 people bereaved or affected by suicide); we also use profits to cover ‘Open Access’ fees to publish our research in academic journals so that findings are available to all free-of-charge.