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Social Services


Ellen Bruce, Mental Health Social Worker, Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI)

I really enjoyed the PABBS training event delivered by Angela and Sharon. The content was both thought provoking and informative. The training provided useful resources and workbooks that I am looking forward to sharing with my colleagues. Personally, I feel the training increased my confidence in engaging with individuals who have been bereaved by suicide. It has encouraged me to be mindful of the language often used in service provision and reinforced the importance of being a listening ear. “It’s okay not to have all the answers, we cannot solve but we CAN support”.

PABBS – Belfast – June 2022

Tracy Townsend, Senior Social Worker, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

I was most interested in attending some in depth training around Suicide Bereavement.  I attended the PABBS training in February in Manchester and found it to be an excellent eye opener.  Often times we forget about the wider circle of people who are affected by suicide, not just family members. The session proved to be very emotive and I felt the trainers were extremely considerate of this.  The session was delivered in a sensitive manner with very clear and concise handouts and power point presentations. Should this training be available to our Trust again I would certainly recommend this to my other colleagues.
PABBS training – Manchester – February 2019

Charlotte Dowling, Senior Mental Health Social Worker, Ministry of Defence, North West

I recently organised for the (PABBS) team to come into the Barracks and provide some training for welfare and health staff here for Military personnel. The trainers are fantastic and so knowledgeable with a good mix of personal and professional experience, I didn’t know what to expect from the training or how this would be received in a military context but the team made it so applicable to our environment and everyone got a lot out of the day with a lot of transferrable skills for each of their areas of work.

PABBS in-house training – Preston – October 2019

Jill Shakespeare, Social Worker/AMHP/BIA, Adult Mental Health Services, Rotherham

I attended the PABBS training on the 3rd April 2019. I am an adult social worker/AMHP/BIA working within the recovery team in Rotherham, working with adults of working age who experience severe and enduring mental health difficulties. I found the PABBS training very informative and useful. I will be able to use the knowledge and research obtained throughout the day to enhance my professional practice to be able to more clearly appreciate what is required for people who has lost a loved one to suicide.
PABBS in-house training – Rotherham – April 2019

Jude Quigley, Approved Mental Health Professional and Social Worker in a Community Mental Health Team, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

If you, or someone you know or someone you work with have been bereaved by suicide or you believe that to be the case, go on this course. You’ll discover connections with others, understanding, knowledge and advice there and confirmation that it’s one of the most catastrophic events that can ever happen.
PABBS training – Manchester – February 2019

Wendy Morris, Social Worker & Trustee, Sunflowers Suicide Support, Gloucester

Having been bereaved by suicide l know first hand the devastation for families left behind. This course will give you a true insight into the impact that suicide can have on families, communities and professionals .  The course leaders showed an obvious knowledge and understanding of the issues. I highly recommend this training If you are wanting to support people in a compassionate way following a bereavement by suicide.
PABBS in-house training – Gloucester – February 2018