Testimonials

Comment about Suicide Bereavement Uk's International Annual Conference 2016
"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

Comment about Suicide Bereavement Uk's International Annual Conference 2016
"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

Comment about Suicide Bereavement UK's International Annual Conference 2016
"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)

House of Commons - Thursday 23 November 2017

'One of the most vulnerable communities are those bereaved by suicide. Dr Sharon McDonnell, Director of Suicide Bereavement UK at the University of Manchester and Support After Suicide Partnership are carrying out research into the services available for those bereaved by suicide to prevent future deaths. I’m sending out details for surgeries of honourable members, but could we have a debate on suicide bereavement and its impact on families and friends, but also, will the leader of the house support me in encouraging members to circulate the survey to their constituencies.'

Madeleine Moon MP (Hansard 2017)