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Unique Populations (eg: Military, Prisons etc)

Testimonials

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.

PABBS – Belfast – June 2022

Tim Maguire, Humanist Celebrant,, Honorary Chaplain to the University of Edinburgh

I found the training timely, inspiring and useful. As a celebrant, I’m well aware of the stigma that still surrounds suicide and the difficulty we have with talking about it. It hasn’t been part of my direct experience as a chaplain and a member of the listening service but it’s only a matter of time before it does, and I now feel much better prepared to deal with it and the effect it will have not only on those directly involved but the wider community around it.

 

I wish you well in your work.

PABBS – Edinburgh – May 17th 2022

Josephine Ramm, Researcher/bereavement support volunteer

‘I found it really important that the training was backed by research, so we could be sure that we were learning what people bereaved by suicide actually want from us as professionals. It was also incredibly valuable to receive the training from people with an absolute wealth of knowledge of the field, who were also warm human and responsive to the group’

PABBS – Kent & Medway – December 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

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

Rick Harrington, Mental Health Trainer, FORCES in the Community

“PABBS training delivers the knowledge needed to engage effectively with people bereaved by suicide. The aftermath is often devastating and far reaching so knowing what support to consider is a must.”

There were no issues for me with the COVID-19 arrangements.

PABBS Training – Manchester – December 2020

Lewis Walmsley, Community Practitioner, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, North West

I thought the training was fantastic, it made me feel much more confident in supporting those bereaved by suicide going forward. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for people I am working with to be affected by suicide or families to be affected by bereavement – particularly by drug overdose, which can have a similar devastating effect on families to suicide. Before the training it has been something I have felt quite uncomfortable with and felt I may be intruding in on grieving families. The PABBS training has shown me that offering support is not an intrusion and I have gained both confidence and knowledge which will help me to offer more effective support. I also appreciated being made aware of the resources and support out there which I will utilise, the manual issued in the training has been particularly helpful.
PABBS in-house training – Sunderland – November 2019

Richard Anderson, Veterans Liaison Nurse, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, North East

I thought the training was very informative, the trainers delivered the training superbly. Their lived experience helped to the keep the audience focused. I found the training very interactive and a range of learning sources were used.  I would thoroughly recommend this training to by colleagues and feel it has helped me think in a different way and can use some of what I have learned in my own practice.
PABBS in-house training – Sunderland – November 2019

Linos Jimbu, Mental Health Nurse, Armed Forces, North West

A very interesting and valuable training workshop.  I learnt a lot about relevant resources and skills that can be shared with other clinicians and those individuals bereaved by suicide. The reading material and hyperlinks were informative and constructive.
PABBS in-house training – Preston – October 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

Major Graham Dowling, Regimental Administration Officer, 156 Regiment – Royal Logistic Corps, North West

I found the Evidence based suicide bereavement training extremely useful, the course is tailored to suit open and honest discussion amongst the delegates,  taking examples from the lived and personal experiences. The training develops understanding of the bereavement process following suicide and I feel that the session would be of great benefit for anyone who provides any welfare or emotional support within their profession. The Army has an excellent welfare system in place,  this training would provide essential knowledge and skills to welfare practitioners and I highly recommend the course.
PABBS in-house training – Preston – October 2019

Sgt Ravi Maan, Army Welfare Worker, Army Welfare Service, North West

I found the PABBS suicide bereavement training to be very insightful and it provided me with a wider understanding of those affected by loved ones completing suicide.  It was taught in a easy and relaxed environment, which helped me understand all the different subjects delivered.  I found the instructors to be very knowledgeable and they brought a fresh and interesting atmosphere to this rather difficult and complicated subject.  I would recommend this training to anyone in the welfare profession.
PABBS in-house training – Preston – October 2019