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Training during COVID-19

Testimonials

John McMann, Support Worker, Northamptonshire Support after Suicide Service

‘A really worthwhile day focusing on a wide range of topics all relevant to my new role as a support worker. The course team were very welcoming and supportive which I personally found helped me get as much as I could from the training’.

PABBS – Manchester – September 2021

Sami Marshall, Youth Works Northamptonshire

“Excellent days training. The passion and commitment from Sharon and her team to be open and honest about suicide bereavement and their drive to reduce stigma was infectious. As someone starting in a new role as a suicide bereavement support worker I felt filled with confidence, skills and understanding by both the professional training given and the heartfelt stories of their lived experiences.”

PABBS – Manchester – September 2021

Chelsey Thorpe, Bereaved by Suicide Caseworker, Victim Support, Derbyshire

“PABBS training was professionally delivered, very insightful and delivered with pure excellence! Angela and Sharon filled me with confidence within my job role, the course was very inclusive of the group with workshops and break out groups, thoroughly enjoyed the course and highly recommend”

PABBS – Manchester – Sept 2021

Kathryn Jarvis, Twilight Sanctuary Support Worker, Brecon and District Mind, WALES

“Compassionately delivered, honest, informative and thought provoking training. It was great to have up to date research findings. Case study and small group work really brought thinking around supporting people to life. Lots of really useful resources and information that I can use in my role, to share with colleagues and the wider team.”

PABBS – POWYS – July 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

Lisa Bourne, Postvention Practitioner, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Suicide Bereavement Service, Yorkshire

As someone bereaved by suicide, it really was heart-warming to see such thorough training on suicide bereavement, but also for it to be led by people who understand the impact this type of bereavement can have on a variety of different people. The training has inspired me to read more around postvention work/research, self care for professionals and suicide in different populations. It has encouraged me to continue what I am doing, tweaking some practice here and there, and pushing for positive change. I would recommend the training for any organisations that want to support their employees or clients. For anyone who is worried that the training may be upsetting or triggering for them – I had the same worry, but once there, felt heard, understood and in safe hands.

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

Anna Gillions, bereavement support officer, MIND, Shropshire

“PABBS training is professionally produced and presented. The trainers had a good level of understanding and experience, and the supporting  materials complemented the training well. While the course is aimed at GPs, I would recommend it to anyone who may come into contact with people who have been bereaved by suicide in the course of their work”

PABBS Training – Manchester – May 2021

Jos Stares, PCN Care Co-Ordinator, OneNorwich Practices, Norfolk

“This course was extremely helpful and informative. They covered general bereavement as well as bereavement by suicide, there was a lot I didn’t know/ or realise (now do). This will be an instrumental tool when I am working with my patients”

PABBS Training – NORWICH – May 2021

Heather Pennell, MIND, Norwich

“I felt that the trainers knew and understood their subject very well and sharing the personal experiences was beneficial to understanding the sensitive nature of the training. I realised how vital GP work is to people, and what a difference they can make to some ones support and care after losing someone to suicide. Suicide is a very difficult and emotive subject to train people about and involves a lot of thoughtful preparation around how to support people who work with it and have a lot of connections to suicide including personal experience of suicide”

PABBS Training – Norwich – 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

Glenis Thompson, Doncaster Children's Services Trust, Doncaster

“Attending training can be a worrying issue when everyone is so busy and giving up a full day needs to be worthwhile. The PABBS training was very worthwhile, the best use of a full day out of work in a very long time. Both trainers are skilled at delivering the information required, but more importantly showed warmth and used humour to connect to the group. Thank you both, I felt I learned lots and now feel more confident to put that learning into practice”

PABBS Training – Doncaster – June 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

Laura Bradley, Domestic Abuse Advisor, Doncaster Council, Doncaster

“Yesterday [PABBS Training] was amazingly thought provoking”

PABBS Training – Doncaster – June 2021

Claire Hoggart, TRiM Implementation Manager, Prison Reform, Doncaster

“I found the training really useful and I truly believe it can make a difference to our workplace and staff if used correctly and effectively in turn our prisoners will feel more supported too”

PABBS Training – Doncaster Prison – July 2021

Annie Armstrong, Neighbourhood Renewal Manager, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Belfast

As a community worker often left to deal with very difficult after effects of a Suicide and feeling extremely scared to find the right approach to support a community, I found the PABBS training extremely helpful. It provided me with a much better insight as to how individuals process grief and the complications it brings for families and communities.

This training provided me with the confidence and skills to support those bereaved by suicide, and helped me gain a much better understanding of those bereaved. 

PABBS Training – Belfast – April 2021

Gina McDonald, Senior Youth Worker, Colin Youth Development Centre, Belfast

“I am a senior youth worker for the EA CYPS (Children and Young People Services). I am also part of our critical incident team and provide postvention and psychological first aid in schools and communities after any critical incident or sudden death . This training brought very much a different aspect and enhancement my existing skills set and very much filled a very evident gap in bespoke response to families and parents bereaved by suicide . It made me think and review my interventions that in the future to approach from a whole family impact perspective . Really thought provoking and motivating me to keep learning and adding to how I support those bereaved through sudden death”

PABBS Training – Belfast – April 2021