Good Grief Facilitator

Facilitator Sharon McDonnell

Dr Sharon McDonnell

Dr Sharon McDonnell is the Managing Director of Suicide Bereavement UK (SBUK) and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Her work is internationally recognised. Prior to setting up SBUK, Sharon worked at Manchester’s Centre for Mental Health and Safety at the UoM, which is the largest suicide prevention research department internationally.

During her time at the university, Sharon and her team conducted a three year study, which informed the development of evidence-based suicide bereavement training, entitled Postvention: Assisting Those Bereaved by Suicide, the first of its kind internationally.

Sharon is currently leading a large-scale national suicide bereavement survey which aims to identify the experiences and perceived needs of those bereaved or affected by suicide. The report will be launched in 2020 and its findings will be of national and international importance. e.

Sharon has been personally bereaved by suicide and helped to develop and assists with revisions of the handbook, Help is at Hand: A Resource for People Bereaved by Suicide and Traumatic Deaths (2006 and 2015).



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