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Charities and CIC's


Chloe Gilligan, Suicide Bereavement Support Worker, Buckinghamshire Mind

‘I found attending the day long PABBS course was the most beneficial training I have received with regards to supporting people bereaved by suicide. I felt it covered every aspect informatively and sensitively. I now feel confident in being able to fully support my clients but I have also learnt the importance of self care, enabling me to continue to care for others.’

‘It is a rare opportunity to be in a room full of other professionals in the field of suicide bereavement who are then given the time to share their experiences.’

In relation to Covid guidelines, My impression was that it was handled very professionally. I felt safe throughout and at no point did I feel that the measures in place were either over stretched or lacking.

PABBS in-house training – High Wycombe – October 2020

John Purdie, Bereavement Support, NHS Shared Business Services

The delivery and session content was excellent. Also much credit to you both for the natural manner in which you motivated and stimulated the attendees to provide their respective feedback, I would thoroughly recommend this course to all who are involved in suicide prevention and support. I believe support being the key word and so crucially important when families and friends find themselves tragically and traumatically bereaved when a loved one has taken their life. I had not fully realised how vital that first contact is when families are devastated by suicide, now I can adapt my role from counselling to one of support in such tragic situations. The counselling aspect can be offered further down the line should the bereaved need such, as Barry sublimely pointed out it’s not counselling these bereaved people are looking for, it’s someone to show them the way………. in other words ’a sat-nav’.

This marvellous training needs to be rolled out to support organisations like Cruse (National) who can then adapt their policies and procedures then filter this down to their respective regions accordingly. It’s a case of identifying the extent of support needs instead of focussing on counselling and trying to ‘fix’ traumatised individuals, Cruse has so many willing and experienced ‘foot soldiers’ to tackle suicide bereavement from a more practical perspective. 

PABBS in-house training – Penrith – October 2020

Emma Kneebone, Bereavement Services Manager, 2 Wish Upon A Star

The PABBS Suicide Bereavement Training  was really informative and very useful for working practice. The facilitators were friendly, approachable and knowledgeable and it was a comprehensive and very engaging.

It was the first in-person training post-COVID and I felt extremely safe due to the protocols put in place by the Suicide Bereavement UK team and the venue itself.

Highly recommended and a very enjoyable day – thank you.

PABBS training – Manchester – September 2020

Hayley Gerrard, Suicide Bereavement Liaison Worker, Norfolk and Waveney Mind

Huge thank you to Barry McGale, Dr Sharon McDonnell, Suicide Bereavement UK & Angela Samata for delivering such a fantastic course, can highly recommend – it will certainly help me to help my clients to build resilience and instill hope.

PABBS Training – Manchester – September 2020

James Purnell, Service Development Manager, CALM, London

“Excellent workshop-style training sessions with value to a whole range of professions. Evidence-based teaching with a host of practical applications and delivered in a sensitive but engaging tone. Can’t fault it.”
PABBS in-house training – SW London – March 2020

Louisa Mace, MIND, Guernsey

A very comprehensive and interesting course that was well delivered and backed up by supporting evidence and information. It has led to further discussion at work of how we can support bereaved people within our society
PABBS training – Manchester – March 2020

Ieuan Edwards, Senior Lead , MIND, Gloucester

Excellent day of Training, Postvention: Assisting Those Bereaved by Suicide @SBUK11. Making #Postvention part of #Prevention
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Claire Louise Curran

This training is brilliant, myself and a colleague completed it almost 2 years ago and i use it daily in my work. If you work supporting families bereaved by suicide then definitely do this training.
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Louisa Mace, Training and Event Officer, MIND, Guernsey

“A very comprehensive and interesting course that was well delivered and backed up by supporting evidence and information. It has lead to further discussion at work of how we can support bereaved people within our society.”
PABBS training – Manchester – January 2020

Patrick Mullery, James Support Group, Highlands - Scotland

Excellent course, with valuable materials throughout. I recommend it for anyone involved with suicides at any stage. Thank you for providing this much needed resource.
PABBS training – Manchester – December 2019

Angela King, Community Wellbeing Agent, The Independence Trust, Gloucester

I thought the PABBS suicide training course very good. It is extremely informative and helpful. The course helped enormously making the actual essence of suicide (which is such a difficult thing to approach) less frightening and somehow easier. The approach of the course is sensitive and practical. It will undoubtedly help me.
PABBS in-house training – Gloucester – December 2019

Stephen McCrimmon, Adult Services Manager, MIND, Jersey

I found the PABBS training to be delivered professionally and with real understanding of the effects of loss by suicide. This is a well put together piece of training that i found authentic and will be a great help to anyone coming into contact with those affected by loss to Suicide.
PABBS training – Manchester – December 2019

Andy Smith, Deputy Manager, New Beginings Ltd, Gloucester

I attended the PABBS course in Gloucester on 4th December 2019 with Dr Sharon Mcdonnell & Andrea it was very well organised and very well presented with a loads of passion which shines through the whole course,  It makes the course well worth attending, it was packed with loads of information which was very helpful  & so easy to understand, I did this Course because i did ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) in March 2019 and the go side by side, I have a been personally effected & by family attempting Suicide and that was very painful for me and people around me, Since doing both courses i have used both courses with my work place and so far very successful by giving me the courage to spot signs & to ask someone if they fell Suicide, I thank you for sharing your experience & skills with people that need you help.
PABBS in-house training – Gloucester – December 2019

Laura Abbott, Operations Manager and Training Coordinator, Chilypep, Sheffield

I’ve been delivering a range of mental health awareness training and suicide prevention training in relation to young people’s mental health for some time and have experience supporting young people we work with around suicidal thoughts and attempts so have always looked at suicide from the perspective of young people going through difficult times. It was really useful to think about suicide from the perspective of those bereaved by suicide and I learnt a great deal of new insights. I took a huge amount away from the training that I think will be greatly help me both when supporting people in relation to suicide, but also in helping me having more well rounded knowledge and understanding of the effects of suicide on multiple communities that I can bring into the training I do. Would highly recommend PABBS training to anyone and everyone!
PABBS training – Manchester – September 2019

Professor Zaffer Iqbal, Clinical Director – Psychological Services, NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC, Grimsby

A comprehensive and very helpful course for all individuals involved in any aspect of postvention work, and irrespective of your knowledge and experience it will provide you with nuances and insights that are most rewarding.
PABBS training – Manchester – July 2019

Peter Giles, Suicide Liaison Worker, AMPARO, Rotherham

I recently attended a PABBS training event led by Dr Sharon McDonnell. The group which she led was composed of professionals from a wide range of services but her delivery was pertinent to all. Succinct, personable, knowledgeable and empathic she showed a genuine interest  in all participants showing an easy manner engaging individuals fully with a potentially challenging subject. Although experienced in working with survivors of suicide I gained further insights into my own competences and made valuable contacts within the group.
PABBS in-house training – Rotherham – July 2019

Ann Feloy, Founder , Olly's Future, Sussex

I found the PABBS course both informative and inspiring. I was particularly impressed by the practical guidance given around creating a framework and service-response plan to immediately help those who lose their loved ones to suicide. I wish we had received support from our practice when we lost our son Oliver. Ideally all GPs should have this training.
PABBS training – Manchester – June 2019

Barry Head, Counselling Senior Practitioner, MIND, Oldham

I found the training to be informative and insightful, it was effectively delivered by knowledgeable professionals in a safe and supportive environment. In the few weeks since attending I have implemented strategies and signposted numerous clients as a direct result of the training and awareness I gained through attending. An invaluable resource for any frontline Mental Health Worker.
PABBS training – Manchester – June 2019

Fiona Tuomey, Founder, H.U.G.G. (Healing Untold Grief Groups), Dublin

The PABBS UK provides informative, interactive, thought provoking training for those working with the suicide bereaved. Evidence based training such as this is imperative for effective postvention.
PABBS training – Manchester – June 2019

Kelly Warner, Suicide Bereavement Support Worker, Six Degrees Social Enterprise, Manchester

Sharon and the team have put together a fantastic, well-researched, suicide bereavement training programme. It is clear, concise and extremely informative. Anyone and everyone would benefit from taking part and developing their knowledge further on a very tough subject that effects so many people.
PABBS training – Manchester – June 2019