Testimonials

"We are pleased to let you know that 'Support after Suicide: A guide to providing local services' is now available on the Public Health England website . Guidance on 'Developing and delivering local suicide postvention support' and 'Evaluating local suicide postvention support' is also available on the NSPA website.

Public Health England and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance would like to thank you for your impressive support in helping create them. We know a phenomenal amount of work has gone in to developing these and your expertise has been greatly appreciated throughout this process."

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Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England

"Sharon McDonnell has found her calling. She has inspired us to reflect and connect, when she brought us all together to share and learn in Manchester. After 20 years "in the field" this was the first time I got to spend a day with so many fellow suicide postvention experts. The conference empowered me to keep my focus and continue to learn. All the way from Germany; thank you very much, dear Sharon!"
 

Andrea Walraven-Thissen, Strategic Critical Incident Manager, expert in Psychotraumatology, based in Germany (working in several countries)

"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."

Jason Wear, Advanced Mental Health Practitioner, CAMHS CPE

"This event was very well organised and used a range of excellent training materials relevant to general practice. The training challenged me to think carefully about how to deal with suicide and its after effects, but was also a very supportive environment. I learned a great deal from the materials and from talking to colleagues from a range of clinical backgrounds."

Dr John Smyth, GP

"As community mental health nurses the suicide of one of our clients is our biggest fear.  However, I was not provided with any education on suicide in my nurse training and continuing professional development training on suicide is very scarce.  As a result I have been running scared for the last twenty years desperately hoping that my practice would prevent my clients from taking their lives.  This is not a healthy way to lead your working life.  Through attending the Suicide conference I discovered a whole new world of training, research findings and hope.  I felt privileged to hear people's experiences and stories as well as leaving with a better understanding of the area of suicide.   

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."

Alex Cotton, community mental health nurse

"I had lost my first patient from suicide in the first year of my appointment to my current Consultant Position in 2006. This was an extremely traumatic experience as it had not been foreseen and traditional risk assessment indicators had categorised the risk as low. In dealing with the subsequent inquiry, I became very depressed. Having been actively involved in suicide /self-harm research, I left this for over 8 years. It was only on attending your conference and subsequent training that I realised that this type of 'disenfranchised grief' did not fit the 'normal' profile of grief and that it was common to experience feelings of inadequacy and loss for many years.

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."

Dr Martin Lawlor, Consultant Psychiatrist