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PASS HUB / Prevention Around Social Media & Suicide

PASS delivers evidence-based training and CPD on the safe and responsible use of Social Media in the Aftermath of a Suicide.

News of a death by suicide explodes like a bomb on social media, the impact of which can be felt around the world. Emerging research has shown that activity very often prompts multiple users to respond, rapidly sharing posts and ruminating publicly about the nature and reasons for the death (Bell and Westoby, 2021). Our work has established that news of a suicide spreads rapidly via social media, increasing the number of those exposed and affected exponentially. Important positive and negative effects arise from this. The ways in which people post, comment and respond about a death by suicide in this way impacts suicide contagion and has the potential to complicate grief. Young people in particular are susceptible to this. Our work also established that social media can be harnessed to manage trauma and alleviate grief.

Our training is aimed at professionals and practitioners who work in services supporting those affected by suicide. This may include public health, coroners, media professionals, emergency responders, mental health professionals, social workers, funeral directors, pastoral care providers from schools, colleges and Universities, bereavement services, 3rd sector and voluntary organisations.

Attendees will take away new evidence-based knowledge of:

  • The uniqueness of suicide bereavement
  • The harmful and protective effects of social media use in the aftermath of a suicide
  • How social media use can be harnessed to manage trauma, alleviate grief and reach those who need support
  • Guidance and recommendations for prevention policy and practice (including developing media strategies)

Continuing Professional Development: Webinar attendees will come away with recommendations and guidance for practice on how to mitigate against harmful effects and promote positive effects of social media use following a suicide.

Our Training & CPD Packages

If you have a large number of people who require training specifically for your organisation, tailored and bespoke sessions are also available. Please feel free to contact us directly to discuss this.

Our 60 minute webinars offer shorter training presentations where we share our knowledge and summarised key points of information on Safe and Responsible use of Social Media in the Aftermath of a Suicide. Those who attend will come away equipped with new knowledge and recommendations and guidance for practice on how to mitigate against harmful effects and promote positive effects of social media use following a suicide.


Cost: FREE

Workshops

20th May 2024 : 10.30-11.30am BOOK NOW

5th June 2024  : 4.00-5.00pm BOOK NOW

27th June 2024  : 10.30-11.30am BOOK NOW

4th July 2024  : 1.30-2.30pm BOOK NOW

20th September 2024  : 1.30-2.30pm BOOK NOW

The workshops build on our own internationally recognised body of work at the intersection of postvention practice and digital media in the aftermath of a suicide. Professionals will take away new evidence-based knowledge, enabling them to change their policy and practice in ways that reduce the risk of increased stress and further suicides and promote recovery of the affected community. This in turn will assist the bereaved and others in the community, contributing to the prevention of further suicides.

The workshops are designed to bring together professionals from a variety of settings and perspectives to work towards a single goal. We use real-life (anonymised) case studies and discussion as well as research evidence and theory and our own expertise on suicide prevention including lived experience. Our workshops may be particularly valuable for those who work in a multi-agency context. Previous attendees have commented that the opportunity to network with others from different professional backgrounds has proved to be very insightful. Please see the ‘testimonials’ to find out what attendees from previous workshops have said.

Attendees will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance from the University of Hull and will come away with recommendations and guidance for practice on how to mitigate against harmful effects and promote positive effects of social media use following a suicide.


The cost for face-to-face workshops (9.30am – 1.30pm), including lunch, is £120

Places are limited to 20 people per workshop

Workshops

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We realise that not everyone can get to Hull. Our online workshops offer an interactive workshop experience for those who are unable to attend in person. Attendees will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance from the University of Hull, and will come away with recommendations and guidance for practice on how to mitigate against harmful effects and promote positive effects of social media use following a suicide.


The cost for interactive online workshops (3 hours long) is £60

Places are limited to 20 people per workshop

Workshops

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What did you find most useful about the workshop?

"Very informative, covering a broad range of aspects in detail; The variety of people on the course gives a large perspective on what needs to be changed/implemented and what is working in their organisations."
"I really found it beneficial to hear others’ lived experiences of suicide from close family. "
"Speaking with agencies who would deal with the aftermath of suicide and listening to their perspectives and experiences."
"Understanding exposure, contagion and the realization more needs to be done for supporting those affected by suicide."
"Being able to consolidate some of our experiences with what research shows and being able to hear other people’s experiences."
"A broad range of topics and the role social media plays in survivors and those who are associated with the individual who took their own life."
"Case studies / personal stories helps visualize the theories and ideas more."
"Finding support services in our area we can refer to."
"Different insights and perspectives in particular those with lived experience are very valuable to hear and very much appreciated."
"Hearing about others’ job roles and support services."

Our Team

What do you feel you have learned as a result of the workshop?

"Helped me further my understanding of social media use after a suicide which will help me help people in our service better. The positives and negatives that social media/press can bring to the concept of suicide."
"Firmer understanding of the impact of social media impacts of suicide prevention."
"I feel I definitely have more empathy for individuals’ situations and the issues close family/friends face after losing someone to suicide."
"It has given me a greater awareness of how social media can be helpful but also how quickly news can spread and how this can be damaging especially if the family have not been officially made aware."
"Practical insight to share with survivors of suicide, such as how some find ‘memorialising’ of social media pages valuable and helpful. Increased awareness of different effects of social media on vulnerable people."

Contact Us

Dr Jo Bell

Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Hull
Hull
HU6 7RX
United Kingdom

01482 464687

j.bell@hull.ac.uk

Dr Chris Westoby

Faculty of Arts, Culture and Education
University of Hull
Hull
HU6 7RX
United Kingdom

01482 465955

c.d.westoby@hull.ac.uk