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Emergency Services


Natalie Pavey, Health & Wellbeing Manager, Kent Fire & Rescue Service

‘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.’

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

Brian Jones, Police Inspector, Dyfed Powys Police

‘The PABBS training was very informative and was well run by the trainers. The information, resources and workbook are essential to influence change in how we as a Police Service along with Partner Agencies respond to those bereaved by suicide.  The course was well attended by a wide variety of Organisations, Third Party and key personnel, all of whom shared their experiences. The course highlighted for me personally how consideration must be provided to the impact on Emergency Service personnel in attending incidents and also provided useful resources which have now been implemented as part of our response to support Police Staff. The course provided an excellent foundation for us as Partners to improve our understanding and response to those affected by suicide.’

PABBS – POWYS – September 2022

Kerry Garbutt, Paramedic

I feel privileged to have been on your PABBS course and it helped me in two  ways – in my work as a paramedic and knowing that whilst I cannot make it better for the relatives I can be there and also on a personal level when dealing with the aftermath of a suicide making sure I address my own feelings and look after my own mental health. […] The passion and commitment you showed us on this course has inspired me and made me determined to share with my colleagues the best way to both deal with events like this personally and also how I can help relatives of the deceased in a more constructive way.

PABBS – Kent & Medway – December 2021

@cumbriaMHCop, Police Officer, Cumbria

Currently attending a day of fabulous training on how to assist and support those bereaved by suicide. Honored to be part of this ongoing work

Tweet – October 2020 about PABBS Training

Justine Haw, Detective Constable, Thames Valley Police

“I was really glad to attend this training and find that the content was wholly applicable to the police service’s response to death by (suspected) suicide. The 2 trainers were fantastic and their passion and drive to address suicide bereavement was clear to see. I will definitely be sharing my learning with colleagues.


In relation to the Covid -19 protocols, I felt it was a really well considered and safe environment and I don’t think there is much more that could have been done.”

PABBS in-house training – High Wycombe – October 2020

Nicola Wildin, Suicide Bereavement Support Liaison Co-Ordinator, Thames Valley Police

Andrea & Sharon’s training skilfully combined thought-provoking data with a powerful & heartfelt argument for informed postvention as suicide prevention. I found this a confidence boosting & life affirming event

PABBS in-house training – High Wycombe – October 2020

David Colchester, Local Criminal Justice Board, Thames Valley Police

‘I wanted to share my grateful thanks to you both, and please pass onto Andrea, for the excellent training provided to our Thames Valley group last week.   [….]  The feedback which is flowing through following the training completely assures me that the training was well received. I shall be reporting to the stakeholders who helped fund the training, well evidenced appreciation of the contribution you all made to this important area of work. Your personal commitment to delivery of such a very well thought out training package has certainly delivered personal development, inspired wider briefings to colleagues, provided fantastic skills to those who attended and will no doubt add to the valuable support that all agencies are offering to bereaved relatives and those affected by suicides locally.

PABBS in-house training – High Wycombe – October 2020

Lee Fryatt, Inspector, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire

“I attended this training with a degree of apprehension. Having been a first responder to suicide and a bereaved parent I was acutely aware of the challenges involved in bringing people together to openly discuss an emotive and often taboo subject. I needn’t have worried; both trainers were first class, extremely experienced and open in sharing both their professional and personal experiences of suicide. Professionals will often only have one chance to get the response right, the PABBS training is a key ingredient to ensure those responding to anyone bereaved suicide gets it right first time”.  
PABBS training – Manchester – March 2020