This free workshop is for West Midlands GPs, nursing staff, mental health professionals, sudden unexpected death in childhood teams, commissioners and third sector organisations supporting those bereaved by suicide. The aim is to offer health professionals an opportunity to build their confidence and skills in caring for those bereaved by suicide.
More than 6,000 people die by suicide in the UK annually. Currently, health professionals do not receive any training on suicide bereavement, even though evidence suggests many health professionals are anxious and uncertain how to respond to those bereaved by suicide.
The Centre for Mental Health and Safety, based at the University of Manchester, has developed evidence-based suicide bereavement training and it is first of its kind internationally. The one day workshop has been informed by a four year study, which identified the vulnerability and perceived needs of both parents bereaved by suicide and the health professionals who were responsible for their care.
This is a highly interactive multi-disciplined one day workshop and includes a workbook, film clips and a manual for future reference. The trainers developed the workshop and have considerable experience of supporting people bereaved by suicide and providing suicide prevention/postvention training.