New Developments in Suicide Bereavement Training

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Education and training have been identified as key components of work to achieve the vision of Connecting for Life. The National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) is the national coordinator for suicide prevention and self-harm awareness training across Ireland. The office supports the delivery of a suite of evidence-informed training programmes in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

Workshop for Professionals

In May, the NOSP commenced phase one of its training programmes in suicide postvention. The first train-the-trainer event was held for the new “Workshop for professionals and key contact people providing support to those bereaved by suicide”. New trainers represented all 9 CHO areas and are all currently working in the area of suicide prevention and postvention. The workshop and train-the-trainer event were developed in partnership with The Irish Hospice Foundation. 

This new workshop will consist of a one-day session on bereavement and grieving, particularly in the context of suicide. It will be aimed at professionals and key contact people who, in the course of their work, come into contact with those bereaved through suicide. It will support participants to develop a greater understanding of the grieving process demonstrating the value of empathy, compassion and humanity and the importance of meeting people where they are at.


Attendees at the recent suicide bereavement "train-the-trainer" event, facilitated by the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Workshop for Communities

Further to this, in June, 16 more participants attended the first train-the-trainer event for an additional workshop: “Supporting people bereaved through suicide in the community”. This two hour workshop is part of an initiative to enhance communication and support for communities bereaved through suicide. This presentation will be provided in response to an invitation from a community. Venues may include community halls, workplaces, GAA and or sports clubs. This workshop will provide participants with:

  • An understanding of the grieving process
  • Knowledge on how to support individuals, families and communities bereaved through suicide
  • Knowledge of available help/supports and how to access these.


Attendees at the recent suicide bereavement "train-the-trainer" event, facilitated by the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Both training programmes recognise that suicide postvention responses need to be part of a coordinated and coherent response to a suicide, linked to both local and national networks. The NOSP are working to incrementally build the capacity of trainers across the country, during 2019 and 2020.

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