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The eleventh Suicide Bereavement UK International Conference is set to be held on September 22nd at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester, with this year’s event focusing on Reflecting on Progress.

The one-day conference, a collaboration with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, is suitable for all those who come into contact with anyone bereaved or affected by suicide.

It has been organised with the aim in mind of informing and guiding professionals who come into contact with those bereaved by suicide, as well as those in a position to influence policy and practice. As such, it is not suitable for those who have been bereaved by suicide and who are during the early stages of loss, or who are struggling to cope.

Conference delegates will hear from Richard McCann, who talks about losing his mother at a young age and his suicide pact with his sister. They will also hear from Dr Hilary Causer (discussing suicide experiences in the workplace in the NHS and higher education) and Dr Sharon McDonnell (discussing workplace responses when an employee dies by suicide).

Towards the end of the day, professor Nusrat Husain will discuss bereavement in a South Asian context, while Lee Fryatt will address the provision of a compassionate response to those affected by suicide.

There are five workshops being put on, although it is only possible to register for one of them. The seminars include a conversation with 3 Dads Walking, yoga as therapy, equipping professionals working with people with lived experience, why community response is needed in suicide prevention and long-term suicide bereavement.

Tickets for attending the conference in person are £150+VAT and £95+VAT for live streaming the workshops.


To find out more about the suicide bereavement conference, get in touch with Suicide Bereavement UK today.