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Barry McGale was a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist until his retirement as Suicide Liaison Officer in the Western Health and Social Care Trust Northern Ireland (NI).  Barry was responsible for setting up the first NHS postvention service in the UK and NI and this model is currently being replicated throughout the UK. He is recognised as an international leader in this field and has received several national and international awards.

In 2023 Barry was the first person in the UK to be awarded The International Association for Suicide Prevention Norman Farberow Award. In 2016 he was the recipient of the American Association of Suicidology, Roger J Tierney Award for services to suicide prevention, the first non-American to receive it. 

Barry is one of the authors of the ‘Postvention: Assisting those Bereaved By Suicide(PABBS)’ training, which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). He is also a member of the research team who conducted the national suicide bereavement survey.

He was formerly a Director of the Irish Association of Suicidology, Member of the Advisory Board for ‘Cycle Against Suicide’, International Representative on the Board of the American Association of Suicidology(AAS) and Senior Coaching Trainer with Living Works, Canada. He has a wide experience of delivering training nationally and internationally.


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapist


  • Florence Nightingale Fellow
  • Patron of Support After Suicide Partnership
  • Executive Director, National Suicide Research Foundation, Ireland

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Barry’s impact and awards

  • Roger J Tierney Award for services to suicide prevention, American Association for Suicide Prevention (first non-American to receive this award)
  • Work in postvention has been referred to in Westminster (by Mark Durkan, SDLP MP, in Hansard, 2013)