PABBS Evidence-Based and Evaluated Suicide Bereavement Training

Aim of the training:

To provide professionals with an opportunity to build their confidence and skills on how to respond to and care for those bereaved or affected by suicide.


Information about Postvention Assisting those Bereaved By Suicide (PABBS) training:

  • one day highly interactive workshop (which includes video clips and 62 manual for future reference);​
  • a copy of 4 publications directly associated with PABBS training
  • delivered by two trainers, who have considerable experience working with those bereaved by suicide;
  • there is no role-play during the training; and
  • lunch and refreshments are provided.

About the research which informed PABBS training:

• PABBS was informed by a  three year study, conducted at the University of Manchester and funded (£243k) by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR);
• Dr. Sharon McDonnell led the research project and the design of PABBS
• PABBS  training is evidence-based, evaluated and first of its kind internationally.

Four publications associated with PABBS training:


1.    GP's Experiences  - GP’s experiences responding to and dealing with parents bereaved by suicide
2   Parents Experiences - Parents bereaved by suicide experiences and percieved support from primary care
3.        Evaluations         - An evaluation of PABBS evidence-based suicide bereavement training

4.  Ambulance Staff    - Ambulance staff experience in responding to a (suspected) suicide and the bereaved family:


Key documents where PABBS training or research are referenced:


  •        NICE, 2018      - publication associated with PABBS study (Foggin, McDonnell et al 2016) is cited as evidence in NICE guidelines.  Dr. Sharon McDonnell also provides an expert testimony, including recommendations in this document (pg 69) (BUTTOM)
  •        PHE , 2016      - PABBS suicide bereavement training is referred to in a document published by Public Health England and NHS Health Education England which lists suicide prevention training (pg 46)

PABBS suicide bereavement training will help to address key objectives in the following key documents:


Training dates:

Sept 15th               Manchester         LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Nov 17th                Manchester         LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Dec 2nd                 Manchester         NEW DATE

Cost per person: £299 + VAT
Nb: If the training event is cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, a full refund OR a change of date will be offered in return.
Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, Manchester, M2 7DH
Time: 09:00 (registration) commences 09.30  - 16.30

PABBS in-house training is delivered upon request. Please contact Paul Higham for more information              

View over 150 testimonials:         Testimonials     
For more information or to register contact: Paul Higham
Tel: 01706 827 359
Mob: 07850 710555



PABBS training was developed with support from the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC), which is a partnership between The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

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