Postvention Research Being Conducted at the University of New England, Australia

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  1. Sharon says:

    Hi Anne, I stand corrected. Wow, so you have a suicide postvention service funded by the NHS. I am impressed. What is the name of your organisation? For those bereaved, who do they contact to access the service. For Trusts/organisations around the UK who are wishing to implement a postvention service who should they contact in your organisation for guidance? Did Barry McGale guide you whilst developing this service?

    I would like to know more about your 8 week psychoeducation groups. I am sure many people reading the blog would like to know more to.

    Findings from a study I am currently conducting reveal the majority of services are not confident dealing with those bereaved by suicide. A lot of research needs to be done in this newly developing field.

  2. Sharon says:

    Hi Anne, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to provide such detailed feedback. I think it is important for you to know, that over 1600 people are currently reading my posts, even though not many people are responding to them at the moment. I think this is due to the sensitive nature of the subject and envisage that it will take a bit of time before some people feel confident to write comments on this issue.

    It is really kind of you to offer your contact details to anyone that is thinking of developing a similar service in the UK. I hope people take you up on this offer. Your service sounds fantastic. You should feel very proud in Cornwall that your Trust is currently leading the way in postvention, alongside Barry McGale in Northern Ireland. I would love to know if there are any other NHS Trusts out there that are providing postvention services. I have not heard about the 8 week courses for bereaved people and look forward to learning more when you have visited New Zealand later this year.

    I think it is fantastic that you are also going to Australia and New Zealand to learn about postvention. Its fantastic how we are starting to build a knowledge base in this field within the UK. The fact I am a researcher and you are a clinician is also important, as we look at the same problem with different eyes. Are you going to write a blog whilst on your fellowship? I know a lot of people reading my blog would be interested in reading what you learn along the way.

  3. Sharon says:

    Thank you for informing us of your correct email address. I am thrilled you are writing a blog when you start your fellowship. Trust me, people will be really interested in what you have learnt and have to say. Remember, your Trust seems to be leading in postvention. Thank you for your kind words about my blog. You are right we have shared aims and objectives. I believe researchers and clinicians inform and guide the other – we are almost like cogs in a wheel.

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