Type of Entry: Training
Name: Suicide Bereavement UK: PABBS
Date added: 8 November 2022
Delivery type: Face to face
Owned by: Suicide Bereavement UK
Cost: Yes
Target audience: Workplace
Length of training

One day (9 am till 4.30pm)


£299+VAT per person. For in-house training contact Suicide Bereavement UK for a quote.

Core elements

The Postvention Assisting those Bereaved By Suicide (PABBS) course aims to increase knowledge, skills and confidence of professionals who come into contact with those affected by suicide.

Training materials to support the learning include:

  • A taught training module and e-learning module to take away.
  • High-quality short videos which highlight the issue of suicide in context.
  • Academic articles which present finidings from PABBS research.
  • Also includes: taught sessions, films, group discussions and exercises.

For more information on the PABBS training, visit the PABBS page on the Suicide Bereavement UK website.

Supporting rationale

PABBS training was developed from a three-year research study (The PABBS Study) led by Dr Shardon McDonnell.

 The PABBS Study explored:

  • The experiences and needs of people bereaved by suicide
  • The experiences and needs of health professionals responsible for
  • The care of people bereaved by suicide (i.e. GPs, mental health professionals and ambulance staff)
  • The best existing evidence about suicide bereavement support and policy/training materials

PABBS training helps to address key objectives in the following key documents:

  • Government, national and local suicide prevention strategies
  • The NHS Long Term Plan (2019)
  • NHS Staff and Learners Mental Wellbeing Commission NHS Health Education England (2019)
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2018) Suicide Prevention Guidelines in Community and Custodial Settings
  • The University of Manchester
  • Public Health England
  • NHS Health Education England
  • National Institute for Health Research

The PABBS training:

  • Funded by the National Institute for Health Research for the Research for Patient Benefit
  • Has been evaluated at the University of Manchester. For more information, read the University of Manchester research article.
  • Public Health England (PHE) & NHS Health Education England (2016) includes PABBS training in their listing of suicide prevention training. For more information, read the PHE and NHS HEE programme.
  • Public Health England includes the PABBS training in the PHE Guide for Providing a Suicide Bereavement Service. For more information, read the PHE guide
  • Published in a range of academic journals (e.g. Crisis; British Journal of General Practice; Frontiers in Psychology)
Additional information

Suicide Bereavement UK also offer other training courses, such as:

To read more about the PABBS training, download the training leaflet.


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Content last updated: 10/11/2022

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