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Secondary Care


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 – January 2017

Dr Martin Lawlor, Consultant Psychiatrist, State of Mind, Republic of Ireland

I found the PABBS training compassionate, caring and highly professional. I would strongly recommend it to my medical colleagues. It has been developed jointly with service users, those bereaved by suicide, GPs and Mental Healthcare professionals and this clearly shows in the structure, style and content of training. It has also been thoroughly evaluated and is one of the few evidenced based postvention training that I have come across.”” I have been around colleagues who have experienced the suicide of a client and one aspect they have all emphasised is their complete lack of knowledge and understanding of what to do after a suicide on all levels.  Attending the PABBS postvention training course has given me the understanding, skills and confidence to care for those bereaved by suicide including myself. Having experienced a recent bereavement by suicide in my personal life, the training and knowledge I have learnt at the conference and the PABBS training has been a real source of comfort, hope and strength with which to look after others and myself.
PABBS training – Manchester – January 2016