"We are pleased to let you know that 'Support after Suicide: A guide to providing local services' is now available on the Public Health England website . Guidance on 'Developing and delivering local suicide postvention support' and 'Evaluating local suicide postvention support' is also available on the NSPA website.
Public Health England and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance would like to thank you for your impressive support in helping create them. We know a phenomenal amount of work has gone in to developing these and your expertise has been greatly appreciated throughout this process."
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Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England
"As community mental health nurses the suicide of one of our clients is our biggest fear. However, I was not provided with any education on suicide in my nurse training and continuing professional development training on suicide is very scarce. As a result I have been running scared for the last twenty years desperately hoping that my practice would prevent my clients from taking their lives. This is not a healthy way to lead your working life. Through attending the Suicide conference I discovered a whole new world of training, research findings and hope. I felt privileged to hear people's experiences and stories as well as leaving with a better understanding of the area of suicide.
Alex Cotton, community mental health nurse
"I had lost my first patient from suicide in the first year of my appointment to my current Consultant Position in 2006. This was an extremely traumatic experience as it had not been foreseen and traditional risk assessment indicators had categorised the risk as low. In dealing with the subsequent inquiry, I became very depressed. Having been actively involved in suicide /self-harm research, I left this for over 8 years. It was only on attending your conference and subsequent training that I realised that this type of 'disenfranchised grief' did not fit the 'normal' profile of grief and that it was common to experience feelings of inadequacy and loss for many years.
Dr Martin Lawlor, Consultant Psychiatrist
"Sharon McDonnell has found her calling. She has inspired us to reflect and connect, when she brought us all together to share and learn in Manchester. After 20 years "in the field" this was the first time I got to spend a day with so many fellow suicide postvention experts. The conference empowered me to keep my focus and continue to learn. All the way from Germany; thank you very much, dear Sharon!"
Andrea Walraven-Thissen, Strategic Critical Incident Manager, expert in Psychotraumatology, based in Germany (working in several countries)