Secondary Care


Kristina Newson, Crisis Team, Young Minds Matter, Yorkshire

I attended the Suicide bereavement training in Manchester on 5th February 2019. I found this training to be very informative, helpful and insightful. It was delivered in a sensitive and considerate manner. Suicide is a very emotive subject and the training has help me in various ways. I work in crisis team, which is directly dealing with young people who are having suicidal thoughts and some attempt suicide. The aim of my role is to prevent young people taking their own lives. Therefore the training has been helpful to me in many ways, for example it covered how important the use of language can be to those who have been affected by someone who is contemplating suicide or the families who have experienced loosing a loved one to suicide.
PABBS training – Manchester – February 2019

Keren Firth, Nurse Practitioner, Manorfield Surgery, Rotherham

PABBS evidence based suicide bereavement training,  very useful and insightful, delivering a sensitive subject in a much needed down to earth but compassionate way. The trainers knew their subject well, and were both friendly and supportive throughout the course.
PABBS in-house training – Rotherham – January 2019

Bobby Pratrap, Deputy Head of Mental Health, NHS England, UK

The NHS long term plan includes funding and commitments to have suicide bereavement services available in every area, to anyone who is bereaved by suicide. This training may therefore well worth a look to prepare for implementation of that aim’.
Twitter response to PABBS Training

Jill Archibald, Network Manager , Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust , North West

I found the training to be extremely valuable to my practice.  It gave me an insight in how to work with families in a caring and compassionate way. It help me recognise that as a professional I tended to keep a professional/corporate image, when in fact all that is needed is a listening ear and compassionate.  I found the course to provide theoretical and practical advice. I left the course feeling motivated, not only for my own practice, but to influence change within my organisation. Thank you again for such as fantastic course.
PABBS training – Manchester – November 2018

Gordon Benson, Assistant Director of Governance & Compliance, 2GETHER NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester

We have, at last, got our Family Liaison Officer project off the ground – effective from 1 October 2018.  So all of our suspected suicide serious incidents will have one of the staff that your team trained appointed to support the affected family.  As we are running this as a pilot, we have been fortunate to get XXXXX XXXXX, a trainee psychologist at XXXXX University to evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot as a consultancy project.  This will aide us greatly as an evaluation exercise to consider the benefits and sustainability of this important work,  and also help XXXXX with her degree – the pilot will run for a year and she will furnish us with a report by February 2020.
PABBS training – impact on practice – Manchester – November 2018

Nikki Willmott‏, Head of Safer Care and Standards, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, East of England

Would recommend this training to organisations who are committed to providing timely and appropriate support to staff and families affected by bereavement by suicide.
Tweet – 13th Nov 2018 about PABBS training

Erin Bolton, Bereavement Care Co-ordinator, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, North West

For such a ‘difficult’ subject this was an excellent day; very informative. It both reinforced my prior knowledge and provided new insights into the bereavement needs of those affected by suicide.
PABBS training – Manchester – October 2018

Mathew Walsh , Patient Safety Lead, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

Our staff @PennineCareNHS really valued this training and would strongly recommend it.
Tweet – October 2018 about PABBS training

Helen Lee-Savage, Suicide Prevention Lead, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, South West England

I recently attended PABBS training and really found it to be a useful and valuable day. I ended the day feeling more confident and more skilled to assist people who had been bereaved by suicide. The training was delivered by knowledgeable professionals who were passionate about their subject. I learnt more about how postvention skills are also prevention skills. The course included some really practical advice on how to support people bereaved by suicide, and how we need to be alert to the vulnerabilities of bereaved families and friends.  This is essential training for all health care practitioners.
PABBS training – Manchester – September 2018

Naomi Sutcliffe, Serious Incident Manager, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, North East

I was very pleased to attend the PABBS training in September 2018. A really stimulating and thought provoking day, assisting me to think about our own service development but also about how we support our workforce in being present for people and families experiencing a death by suicide. A worthwhile investment delivered sensitively and with a great level of enthusiasm for a topic that awakens sadness but in the same breath creates hope for the future.
PABBS training – Manchester – September 2018

Israa Faraj, Team Lead, Community Based Services for a leading local mental health charity, Hull

I found the training to be helpful to increase my overall knowledge of how professionals and parents, who have lost someone to suicide, may feel and what may be helpful to them in terms of support they receive, and how best to respond to them.   I particularly enjoyed the area of the training associated with building resilience and hope, and very much plan to implement much of this into a new service we will be developing to support those bereaved by suicide. The focus of the training was a little too biased towards health professionals and parents, which although helpful, did not meet all my training needs.  Nevertheless, the training was excellent overall and very informative and the trainers were lovely and knowledgeable.
PABBS training – Manchester – July 2018

Dallan McGleenan, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria

I have worked in excess of 20 years in various clinical roles within mental health services and found the PABBS Evidence Based Suicide Bereavement Training that I attended in July 2018 to be a very valuable experience. It provided new and interesting insight, and also a chance to reflect on past experiences, and will positively influence my future practice. It also helped immensely that the facilitator on our course was a warm and friendly human being, who put everyone at their ease and kindly shared his experiences, giving the learning a tangible link to real life.
PABBS training – Manchester – July 2018

Kenny Byrne, Inquest Manager, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, South East England

This was incredibly valuable training which gave insight into the challenges and needs of those bereaved by suicide and how I as healthcare professional may be able to offer some support.
PABBS in-house training – Gloucester – May 2018

Sarah Ambridge, Staff Counsellor, Gloucestershire Counselling Service, Gloucester

The PABBS training course I attended in Gloucester in February, was very insightful. I was left thinking about my own attitudes to suicide as well as the fear and anxiety about death in general. Which has been a positive outcome of the course. I have not been personally affected by a suicide. Though, I did counsel a client whose best friend killed himself. He was left feeling responsible for his friend’s death because he had been too tired to respond to his last phone call on the night he took his own life. I have to admit that I felt poorly equipped in the counselling room. I think I am better prepared now, even after only this one day of training. Many of the course delegates had been affected by suicide bereavement. I was touched by the quiet humility of others as they shared their stories. Until attending the training day, I had not fully appreciated the need to speak freely about a bereavement through suicide. Nor had I recognised how isolating a person can feel through experiencing a bereavement this way. Besides the very good audio- visual content which reflected those experiences, the PABBS course offered attendees an open platform to share their feelings of intense shock, disbelief, pain, guilt and sometimes abandonment. Finding some relief perhaps, that they were not alone in their experiences? The course facilitators were excellent and sympathetic to those who wanted to speak, allowing them as much time as they needed. Observing this ‘open forum’, brought into focus the importance of being able to offer more opportunities for all those bereaved by suicide to be heard if they want to be. A place for them to go where they can speak openly about what they are feeling and thinking. The PABBS training course taught me that in my counselling role, I have to be willing to BE with a bereaved survivor of suicide. To listen to them and acknowledge their pain. Not by trying to offer them answers when there aren’t any, nor by attempting to erase their pain but by patiently sharing a dark and lonely place with them. Allowing their grief to be explored for as long as it takes. Death is a pretty taboo subject. Death by suicide even more so. Training courses like PABBS bring the subject out of the closet where it can be aired and thought about. It shouldn’t be shamefully packaged and kept under the counter. Suicide provokes powerful emotional reactions. This was evident throughout the training day. It is an uncomfortable subject but one that is not going to go away. There needs to be more availability of training courses like PABBS to help people like me, find ways to help those left behind after a suicide. They are the ones who need to negotiate a tricky path towards a kind of acceptance that their loved one chose death over life.
PABBS in-house training – Gloucester – February 2018

Nicky Maunder, Public Health Commissioning Officer, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucester

We commissioned the Postvention: Assisting those Bereaved By Suicide (PABBS) course to find out how useful it is in increasing understanding across organisations supporting those who have been bereaved by suicide.  The feedback we’ve received (all of which has been positive) has demonstrated that it is very valuable to those who provide that important support to people who have been bereaved.
PABBS in-house training – Gloucester – February 2018

Rachael Winter, Community Clinical Manager, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, North East

I recently attended the PABBS evidence-based suicide bereavement training which I found to be very informative and thought-provoking. The trainers were compassionate and provided a valuable personal insight into an emotive subject area.  The inclusion of videos within the training materials, provided the opportunity to hear directly from families bereaved by suicide, which was very powerful.
PABBS training – Manchester – February 2018

Catherine Lee-Cowan, Serious Incident Investigator, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, North East

I am a serious incident investigator working in the Patient Safety Team for TEWV mental health Trust. I attended the PABBS training and found it very helpful not only being able to listen to / network with others and learn from their initiatives but also in considering the evidence-based research that was undertaken, it made me think again about how I work / how my organisation works and the processes we have in place for supporting people bereaved by suicide both as staff working with the person as well as their family. This training has made me realise how important the right support at the right time is and we have instigated a review of our post-vention support with a plan to improve this by building on your work! I would highly recommend this training to others.
PABBS training – Manchester – February 2018

Dr Ananta Dave, Consultant Psychiatrist and Suicide Prevention Lead, Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, West Midlands

I found the PABBS training to be enlightening, thought provoking and moving. This training and suicide bereavement support should be an integral part of suicide prevention. I have already taken some ideas to my workplace to start making changes to the way we support those bereaved by suicide. Thank you.
PABBS training – Manchester – February 2018

Jason Wear, Advanced Mental Health Practitioner, Berkshire Health NHS Foundation Trust, South East England

I just wanted to say that until I saw your presentation I was unaware of the lack of training/support that was out there and since seeing you I have now introduced an aspect of suicide bereavement into suicide prevention training in Berkshire.  I am very much looking forward to enhancing this training following attending PABBS on the 13th March. I learnt a lot about myself (personally and professionally) and my own uncomfortable feelings regarding suicide bereavement, since meeting you and attending the conference I realise that the stigma surrounding this particular issue is not just professional but society as a whole. However, through the continued education of services and putting the word out there in the public domain this will positively impact these stigmas.
PABBS training – Manchester – March 2017

Salli Midgley, Assistant Director of Nursing, Humber NHS Foundation Trust, North East

Presenting our draft suicide prevention plan at Trust Board tomorrow, pleased to be promoting @Connectwpeople training and @SJMcDonn PABBS.
Tweet by Salli Midgley – 2017