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Mental Health Professionals

Testimonials

Yinka Yesufu, Counsellor, Apex Counselling

This Postvention [PABBS] evidenced-based training is the best around and delivered on everything it promised. Well-paced, with knowledgeable facilitators, the training offered participants exactly what was promised. Equipping us with the skills to confidently support individuals who have sadly been bereaved by suicide.

PABBS – Manchester – April 2022

Anna Ryder, Bereavement Counsellor, Love jasmine

I recently attended the PABBS training with Angela and Sharon and it was refreshing to be able to speak so openly on a subject matter that others may try to avoid. The day was well structured and the resources shared were exceptional. The day was well paced, engaging and Angela and Sharon set a suitable environment to ensure no question was a ‘silly question’ and welcomed them all to be asked. As an organisation, we were able to recognise what we do well, but also left us with ways to improve and with the confidence to do so.

PABBS – Manchester – February 2022

Kemi Amole, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

Before attending the PABBS training my experience of working with those bereaved by suicide was very minimal. I felt the team I worked within didn’t have the necessary skills and knowledge whilst working with these clientele. However when I arrived at the training I was left feeling more confident and equipped to work with families bereaved by suicide. […] I was not just able to hear the voice of the families, but also professionals like myself who support these families, how it felt for them, and what the best ways are when supporting families bereaved by suicide.

One thing, and alongside more others, that I can never forget from the training is that…

‘You may not be able to bring the loved one back, but you can definitely be flexible and listen to what families or who else has been affected by the bereavement need; and require from us professionals’.

PABBS – Kent & Medway – December 2021

Rachael Hattee, Flex Counsellor, Infobuzz

I think the PABBS training was so informative and delivered in a really efficient way. Being provided with studies and workbooks has been really useful in refreshing my memory on what was discussed, and also an aid in further self-reflection. I would recommend this training to everyone, regardless of knowledge and experience as you will definitely learn something new. The space felt really safe and the trainers held us all very well. So glad I did this training.

PABBS – Gloucester – November 2021

Chris David, CAMHS Team Manager (West), Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

I attended the PABBS course in Gloucester on 23rd November 2021.  The training was a valuable experience. Focus was on Postvention, an important area often overlooked historically for survivors of suicide of friends and families that have taken their lives. The course was handled sensitively by the facilitators. There were clear presentations with information provided on recent clinical research into the area . Sharing experience with attendees helped support confidence, to those who have come into contact with families. I would encourage both statutoru and non-statutory members to attend.

PABBS – Gloucester – November 2021

Daniel Lee, Locality Manager, Kent & Medway NHS, South Kent

“I feel privileged to have attended and I strongly recommend we promote attendance within our KMPT family. I strongly believe if we can field enough we have an opportunity to change cultures, save lives and offer truly meaning postvention, not just those personally bereaved but those professionally to”

PABBS Training – Kent & Medway – May 2021

Daniel Lee, Locality Manager, Kent & Medway NHS, South Kent

“I attended Kent’s first cohort of Postvention Assisting Those Bereaved by Suicide and admittedly I wasn’t entirely sure what I was expecting and I say openly, this was the most thought provoking and strangely energising CPD course ever attended”

PABBS Training – Kent & Medway – May 2021

Julie Shone, Clinical Nurse specialist (RMN), Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS FT, Doncaster

“I would like to say that this training is one of the best trainings I have attended for some time. Both facilitators were easy to listen to and each owned a wealth of knowledge that they were happy to share. I felt that everyone felt comfortable in asking questions and joining in group discussions. Prior to the course I thought that due to the subject matter the course would be dry. However, it was made enjoyable and fun, leaving me wanting more. Thank you to both of you”

PABBS Training – Doncaster – June 2021

Shirin McGregor, Trainee Youth Worker/Counsellor, Nais House, Oxford

I felt the day was very well organised thorough postvention training.  Opportunities to question, excellent advice and resources to take away and signposting to access more.  Sharon & Angela are very personable and honest creating a very open forum for everyone to join in discussion and share experience in a confidential environment. 

I felt very safe with the COVID measures that were put in place for the day.

PABBS Training – Manchester – December 2020

Rick Harrington, Mental Health Trainer, FORCES in the Community

“PABBS training delivers the knowledge needed to engage effectively with people bereaved by suicide. The aftermath is often devastating and far reaching so knowing what support to consider is a must.”

There were no issues for me with the COVID-19 arrangements.

PABBS Training – Manchester – December 2020

Mairead Ashton, Educational Mental Health Practitioner, RDASH NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster

I found the training [PABBS] invaluable and has offered me some great ideas on how to support people after suicide. It was great to hear people’s lived experience and to know that it is ok not to have all the answers but to simply be there for them afterwards can be enough.

PABBS in-house training – Doncaster – October 2020

Carol Smith, Counsellor, Healthy Minds, Oldham

As a counselor I come into contact with many bereaved people and have felt confident in my skills to offer support and hopefully comfort.  However when I have been met with people bereaved by suicide I was always nervous of saying or doing the wrong thing.  Through attending PABBS and the practical training delivered by a team who are both knowledge and passionate about their subject helped me build my confidence in supporting those who have been bereaved by suicide.
PABBS training – Manchester – January 2020

Beverley Whitfield, Postvention Practitioner, West Yorkshire & Harrogate Suicide Bereavement Service, North East

This is the best training I have been on for a long time and found it very informative. The trainers were great. It also learnt me a lot about my past experiences to which I can take with me and pass on to others in need. Would definitely recommend the training to others.  Thank you.
PABBS training – Manchester – December 2019

Nic Ferguson, Caseworker, Victim Support, Gloucester

I found the day insightful, informative and inspiring. The trainers offered research-based content with sensitivity and conviction. I’d highly recommend PABBS training to anyone in a helping profession.
PABBS in-house training – Gloucester – December 2019

Kayley Smith, Clinical Lead, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, North West

I attended the PABBS training and found it really helpful . I would feel confident and knowledgeable in supporting people affected by bereavement related to suicide . Id feel confident in supporting staff members within my workplace should they become affected by this also.
PABBS training – Manchester – December 2019

Dr Sharada Abilash, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Quality and Safety, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Midlands

PABBS suicide bereavement training is very useful for all the professionals. It gives an understanding of how little we are doing  to support the affected at present. Bereavement itself is difficult and following suicide it gets even more complex and emotional.
PABBS in-house training – Dudley – December 2019

Jayne Bell, Consultant Nurse for Complex Clinical Risk Management, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board - Mental Health Clinical Board, Wales

Having completed the Suicide Bereavement Training in December 2019, I have returned to my role inspired to try and set up a service within my Health Board. It doesn’t feel right that at the moment, all we can offer is signposting to other services, so it was pleasing to discuss the simple and practical things that I could do in my new role to support those bereaved by suicide in my local area.
PABBS training – Manchester – December 2019

Karen Nicoll, Unity Locality Manager, Lead Nurse, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

I really enjoyed the course , it was interactive and thought provoking , not just in relation to how we need to work with the family and friends of those people who have ended their lives, but especially the impact it has on staff , and ways to support these staff , acknowledge that staff will be impacted by these acts. Would seriously recommend  the training to other staff , and I plan to look at how I can change my practice to support staff.
PABBS training – Manchester – December 2019

Helen John, Primary Mental Health Nurse, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, West Midlands

In one sentence it was both emotional and inspirational.
PABBS in-house training – Dudley – December 2019

Rebecca Firth, Assistant Psychologist, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Yorkshire

I attended the PABBS Suicide Bereavement Training in Manchester in December 2019. I work for CAMHS in an Assistant Psychologist position and my work brings me into contact with young people who are bereaved by suicide. This training allowed me to hone the skills I didn’t realise I already had, and taught me new skills that help me gain a greater understanding of bereavement by suicide in order for me to pass these skills on to the young people I work with. Highly recommend it to everyone.
PABBS training – Manchester – December 2019