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Secondary Care

Testimonials

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 23rd 2021

Scott Kane, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Liaison Psychiatry, NHS Tayside, Scotland

Having personally witnessed the emotional and psychological carnage that can erupt following a suicide (for both families, clinicians, and the wider community). I now recognise the need for open, honest, and supportive channels of communication. This training program delivers the structure for this in a no-nonsense, well-designed approach, from skilled and knowledgeable speakers who have experienced this from either a personal or professional perspective. This is an essential program that should be actively embraced if we are to support those affected to overcome the aftermath of suicide, and I would implore all NHS Scotland boards to embrace this postvention model and help break down the barriers that can so often hinder the grieving process.

PABBS – Manchester – July 2021

Rachel Oleisky, Engagement & Communications Co-ordinator, HMP Doncaster, Doncaster

“Before the training commenced I was worried the content would be really sombre and draining but I was totally wrong; it was delivered so professionally and in such a way that it was interesting, informative and very respectful.  The interaction with the facilitators was great, attendees around the room were interactive and there was a real interest vibe from everyone.  I took quite a bit from the course, it made me look at suicide bereavement in a completely different way; I hadn’t realised how many people are affected by it and I certainly wasn’t aware of the stigma surrounding suicide.  In my role as a Prison Family Liaison Officer I am the person who breaks the news to the next of kin of their loved one’s death, the PABBS training helped me understand the support I need to offer, the best way to approach issues and also to think about the wider picture of professionals who may be impacted from the death.  The training was excellent and will be a useful tool for me and my colleagues moving forward.”

PABBS – Doncaster Prisons – July 2021

Simon Chapman, Psychotherapist, Avon CBT & Psychotherapy, Avon

“The PABBS course contained a very good balance of information and practical guidance around creating an effective Suicide Postvention response. The presenters were experienced and knowledgeable and the opportunity to learn from them and engage with the other course participants has increased my understanding and confidence around helping to manage my organisation’s response to a suicide, should it ever be necessary. Thank you very much for an extremely useful training day”

PABBS Training – Manchester – June 2021

John Gibson, Clinical Academic

“I attended the PABBS training in Manchester in May 2021.  I had been catapulted into the strange world of suicide in October 2019 when our son, Cameron, died by suicide.  Making any sense of this new journey in life takes multiple inputs and PABBS has been a significant part of the post-suicide journey for me. Barry and Liz were outstanding speakers but also excellent hosts for the event, making me feel welcome and cared for in what was quite an emotionally-charged day. My fellow delegates were also a remarkable group of people who impacted me in a very positive way.  Barry’s quote of the day will stay with me forever: “In the world of suicide, today’s postvention is tomorrow’s prevention.”  Thank you, PABBS, for an inspirational day of training and for helping me move forward in my grief”

PABBS Training – Manchester – May 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

Kevin Bailey, Strategic Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, West Belfast Partnership Board, Belfast

“The PABBS training was a day well spent. Sharon and Barry are excellent facilitators that bring enthusiasm and compassion to a topic which is often taboo in communities. The mix of research, experience and facilitation skills of the trainers is evident. I left the training feeling more confident and skilled to support and care for individuals and communities bereaved by suicide. I would highly recommend this training to anyone working in suicide prevention, intervention or postvention”

PABBS Training – Belfast – April 2021

Wendy Brook, Merulae - Counsellor MHFA Associate and independent trainer. Mental Health Speaker. Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner

I deliver training, work with trainers and attend training Dr Sharon McDonnell, Suicide Bereavement UK and yours [PABBS] in Manchester pre-covid was among the best I have attended. I left feeling further motivated when working with those bereaved by suicide. As you always say this comes from you as a professional and a person and it shows!

Wendy Brook – LinkedIn – 20/05/2021

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

Vivienne Lee, Child Mortality Nurse, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

It was a fantastic day, where a difficult subject was handled well.

I have known families in both my personal and professional life, who have been bereaved by suicide and have felt ill equipped to know how to best care for them. This training has provided great insight in how to support families and professionals through this challenging time.

PABBS in-house training – High Wycombe – 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

Dr John Dudgeon, Medical Case Examiner, General Medical Council (GMC)

The PABBS course helped me in a number of ways. It was reassuring to learn the approach I currently take was broadly in keeping with what was being promoted. This was encouraging and important to hear as often, particularly in general practice, you work in isolation and uncertainty about how you handle sensitive tasks can predominate. To see the challenges those bereaved for any reason, but particularly by suicide, presented to all of us in the room that day allowed me to better accept this role we fulfil; a role most around us will never experience. As someone who is carefully watching how primary care in the UK is changing, I was encouraged that I was the only doctor in the room; despite the course having been initially designed with GPs in mind. I was impressed by the skill and compassion demonstrated by my fellow attendees. This left me reassured that we are increasingly going to be able to provide PABBS to those who most need it; as we have recognised it does not need to be given by a doctor. Given the leadership role GPs are asked to take within primary care it would, however, be important that GPs in a senior role were familiar with the skills PABBS provides. I would like to thanks the presenters who were open about their own relationships with the issues we discussed. This empowered them to provide a  credible and empathic approach to the day.
PABBS training – Manchester – December 2019