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RTS – Emergency Services – Durham – Nov 29th 2023

<p>This training has value in better understanding and guiding a caring response to those bereaved by suicide.  It’s an issue colleagues not only encounter in operational roles, but also within the communities we live, and the organisations in which we work – so the impact that sensitive , compassionate and supportive response can make is immense. Knowledgeable trainers, engaging delivery.  I attended a multi-agency training event which helped maximise sharing of local knowledge and collective understanding which was an added bonus.</p>

PABBS In-House Training – Pennine Care – Oldham – November 2023

<p>I recently attended the PABBS training in Oldham for Pennine NHS Foundation Trust.</p> <p>As a Church of England Chaplain, I thought I was prepared and thought I had some knowledge about dealing with ‘bereaved after suicide.’ This course just re-iterated what a very complex situation this is. It has offered me time to think about how I can change my attitude and skills in dealing with this very sensitive time. I wish I had some of this valuable information before I had to support two families who had lost children to suicide. I cannot recommend the course enough, the trainers and the course content are excellent….Hopefully this situation wont be a common occurrence but if it happens again I feel so much more equipped to support family friends and colleaugues and of course to look after myself.</p>

OTG – Post Traumatic Growth – October 23rd 2023

<p><strong>The course was re-affirming to me both personally and professionally. We can feel at a loss to respond with enough insight to those bereaved by such life changing events but being able to bring our thoughts to the course and to discuss the sensitivity of these matters with experts was hugely helpful. It made me feel very reassured. </strong><strong>It was a hugely beneficial and insightful course.</strong></p>

RTS – Emergency Services – Carlisle – Oct 11th 2023

<p>I found this course very insightful and educational, it has left me with a greater awareness around the topic especially when talking about suicide or attending these types of incidents.  I think the course is of greatest benefit when it’s a group of different agencies.  Very worthwhile attending for anyone who may respond to suicide incidents.</p>

RTS Emergency Services – Hartlepool – October 4th 2023

<p>As an operational Watch manager at Thornaby fire station which specialises in water rescue for the Brigade area, we deal with many incidents involving suicide or attempted suicide. We tend to deal with such incidents in a professional manner similar to the way we deal with all our incidents by trying to ensure the safety of our crews whilst hopefully saving life as we often do. We perhaps sometimes don't give enough thought to the individual or their families or the impact we as professionals can have in those initial moments. The RTS training was presented brilliantly in a way that captivated all that attended and in future as incident commander I will be more aware and hopefully be able to give extra support to those affected including my own crews.</p>

RTS Emergency Services – Hartlepool October 4th 2023

<p>Excellent course for anyone who manages people in the emergency services. Gave me more of an insight of the role we play been the first on scene at a suicide incident. It made me realise the impact that we can have on people at there worst times. Really informative and well presented for a difficult subject and valuable discussion have been raised by the issues of mental health in our service.</p>

RTS – Emergency Services – Yorkshire Ambulance – Sept 7th 2023

<p>As a Paramedic of 18 years, I have often attended those who have died by suicide, and always felt out of my depth when speaking to families or friends around the patient, what do you actually say to someone who's loved one you cannot help.  Hearing the lived experience of Angela opened my eyes as to how the small gestures matter, how the blanket around a shoulder, a separate space or even just a shoulder to lean on is important.  It is invaluable training for anyone who will come into contact with the relatives of those who have died by suicide, to better understand how the things we say and how we act may have an impact on the family for may years to come.  </p> <p> </p>

PABBS – London – July 18th 2023

<p>Given the impact on suicide for those left behind the course was delivered with such sensitivity and thought provoking too.  It was really good to get a feel of what people experience and that we are not alone in the various amount of feelings when a loved one takes their own life. The statistics are difficult especially around those who are at risk of taking/attempt to take their own life and consideration has to be given to the people who did not know the person either. The course will help me when we look at challenges others are going through when they come to use our services that we look to open the forum not just to family but to friends and others who have been impacted by a person who has taken their own life. If we can look to align all services I am really hopeful that one day suicide won’t be as prevalent as it is today. </p>

PABBS – London – July 18th 2023

<p>‘Having worked with serving personnel, veterans and their families over the past 28 years PABBS training delivers the knowledge needed to engage effectively and compassionately with the many people bereaved by suicide. The aftermath is often devastating and far reaching so knowing what support to consider is a must.  The breadth of lived experiences of suicide of those who attended added a much deeper level of understanding and was also inspirational.’</p>

On The Go – Children – July 14th 2023

<p>As both a practitioner and a person who has lost someone to suicide, I really valued the session on the language to use around suicide with Angela. I think mental health professionals can often struggle with discomfort and preconceptions when we talk about suicide. I felt the session really empowered me to be direct in the language I use, but also helped me to understand that this can be done in a sensitive way that opens up helpful discussions. I also felt it provided some really useful thinking around the importance of considering the implications of the language we use when talking about suicide in the media. I'm planning to feed back the session to my team and would recommend it to anyone working in a service where suicide is often discussed.</p>

PABBS In-House Training – Gateshead – June 2023

<p>As a Mental Health First Aider/support worker i was inspired by the trainers knowledge and  research. Their first hand experience in supporting those affected personally and professionally, was expressed in the training and reconfirmed that this is an important area to develop my knowledge in . Highly recommend.</p>

PABBS In-House Training – Gloucester – July 2023

<p>PABBS facilitators attended my workplace and delivered a workshop for our Family Liaison Practitioners.  The facilitators presented some information that was entirely new to me, enabled me to examine my approach to speaking to and listening to families and how to look after myself.  The presentation was more a conversation and that was appreciated by the whole group.  The subject was handled very sensitively, with passion and compassion.  The course contents were entirely relevant and the resources are of a very high standard.  I’m really pleased that I and the team undertook this training, and it would come with my recommendation.</p> <p> </p>

PABBS In-House Training – Gateshead – June 2023

<p>The PABBS training session helped bring confidence and understanding amongst our team around the needs and wants of those who are bereaved by suicide, while also highlighting the importance of self-care for those who are supporting others affected. The course acts as a prompt to reconsider and re-evaluate our assumptions about who is and how people are impacted by suicide, as well as taking a more sustained and long-term approach to supporting those impacted. Yinka and Sharon put the team at ease immediately and were personable, knowledgeable and engaging hosts throughout, ensuring that a session focusing on a fairly sombre topic was enjoyable to be a part of.</p>

PABBS – Manchester – June 2023

<p>Thanks to PABBS, I am now accompanied by over seven and a half thousand voices that have been bereaved by suicide, and when I do the work that I do, that is a comfort to me. My training day with PABBS gave me insights I did not have, and resources I can draw upon, making me a better resource for the people I support. In the short time since the training I can tell you that those 7500 voices have already been heard by a university welfare team, dozens of bereavement volunteers and a collection of people who have found themselves in the club no one wanted to be in. But once you find yourself in that club, you realise you are desperately searching to connect with other members, so you can be heard and hear. I would recommend the training, for the knowledge, the opportunity to meet amazing facilitators, and the amazing attendees, who by association, are also members of that club. We all need to embrace that elephant and PABBS has given me the confidence and validation to do just that.</p>

PABBS – Manchester – June 2023

<p>I have to say it was one of the most insightful and helpful training programs I have ever attended. It was presented extremely well and was in a relatable and easy-to-understand manner. As someone who has experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide, I found all the areas discussed to be key in understanding and navigating the complex emotions and challenges that come with bereavement. The training also provided me with valuable insights on self-care and setting boundaries within my professional role, which I found particularly helpful. I would highly recommend the training to anyone working within this field.</p>

PABBS – Manchester – June 2023

<p>I attended the course with some apprehension, it’s a very relaxed environment and humour and appreciation for one another story is very pertinent to your own understanding of suicide and bereavement. It was also purposeful to connect to others on the course who have a lived experience of suicide that may shape how you deal with or manage future families that you may support in your role or profession. It would be good for me as an NHS professional to understand the journey of grief after suicide and I hope this would be explored further on the day. But appreciating one day is a short window to experience or develop such skills or at least have confidence in your acquisition. The resources that were given were good and already embedded them in my own workstream to support families and shared these amongst other colleagues. How we look after ourselves is very pertinent to our own resilience and something I need to develop-That was one thing I took away as a personal task. </p>

PABBS Training – Manchester – June 2023

<p>Having only ever previously attended suicide prevention training, I found the PABBS training to be extremely valuable to equip me with the tools to support those bereaved by suicide.  The pace, structure and delivery was excellent and I came away feeling much more confident in how to support my peers, participants and family and friends.</p>

PABBS – InHouse Training – North Yorks – March 2023

<p>Angela and Yinka are a real credit to your organisation and the work you all do, thank you so much for one of the best training courses in this field of work.</p>

PABBS – InHouse Training – North Yorks – March 2023

<p>I just wanted to say what an amazing day Angela and Yinka gave us.  The Major Incident Response Team volunteers provide the county’s primary postvention service and to be able to receive this valuable training really added to building their confidence in being able to sit with, and have compassionate conversations with those bereaved.  The course delivery is very informative and engaging with just the right balance of education and conversation.  Seeing the reality of data really brought the subject home to the volunteers and hopefully if they didn’t already know it they do now, the important role they play in quickly supporting those bereaved.  The volunteers have been emailing me to say how much they loved Angela and Yinka and that whilst they have done lots of training courses, this one will stay will them for many reasons. </p>

PABBS In-House Training – Kent & Medway – March 2023

<p>‘Recently attended the one day ‘Postvention: Assisting those bereaved by suicide’ training with my colleague and found the content invaluable for providing appropriate support to those bereaved by suicide.  The course was thought-provoking, engaging and well delivered, and involved other partner agencies which added other relevant perspectives.  I would recommend the course to anyone involved in supporting those bereaved by suicide or designing and implementing services to support others impacted by these events.’</p>