Gill attended the recent World Congress on Suicide Prevention in Beijing, China where she presented work submitted for her PhD – the Dissemination of Suicide Prevention Training (STORM®) across three sites in the North West of England. Gill found the conference inspiring and educational with presentations from world renowned researchers. The conference was also a success because of the opportunity to link up with colleagues, old and new, to share knowledge and experiences about suicide and self harm. As Gill comments, the most inspirational is the important work in postvention, and the growing movement of those bereaved, along with survivors of suicide who are informing research and practice.
"This conference has been inspirational. I have had the pleasure of meeting people who are making a difference in their communities by supporting people bereaved by suicide - their passion and energy is truly inspirational. Postvention is happening across the world, and the conference brought people working in the field together to share experiences, research and practice. Postvention is important: it is a practical response to a suicide that provides positive action in the form of much needed emotional support. It helps those bereaved, and the community come to terms with a tragic loss."
John & Jean Peters attended the conference from the UK. Both volunteer on the telephone helpline and run two support groups for a national charity. Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) is a charity that gives self-support to those bereaved by suicide. The main work of the charity features a national helpline which is available 9am to 9pm every day, and also approximately 40 support groups across the country.
John has also co-written a handbook for those supporting people bereaved by suicide, and will be providing more details about this and his work in a future article.
For anyone bereaved by suicide, there is support. Please contact the Helpline on 0844 561 6855. For more information please visit the SOBS website: http://www.uk-sobs.org.uk