Sonya Johnston, Intrim Addiction, Services Manager/NMP, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Community Addiction Services.. Northern Ireland
PABBS training provides a safe environment for those attending to consider the wider impact suicide has on all those involved from immediate/extended family, friends and staff members involved in the care of the individual. The research and information given on the day was thought provoking and reminded me as a mental health professional that much more needs to be considered postvention as often we are more focused on risk assessments and professional worry regarding the care we provide.
As an addictions practitioner I was delighted to see the inclusion of substance use in the discussion as I am very much aware of the increasing risk associated with this and the impulsivity of individuals using during high risk times. I feel PABBS training promoted and highlighted how mental health and addiction services must work more closely together in order to respond better to those in need.