Jo Bell

Dr Jo Bell

Senior Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Health and Social Work

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • PhD

Summary

Dr Jo Bell is a social scientist dedicated to research that seeks to understand adversity and human experience and research that makes a difference to the lives of vulnerable people, particularly young people.

Over recent years, Dr Bell's focus has been on suicide (postvention and prevention) and young people's mental health and well-being.

She has published on the subject of mental health, self-harm, suicide, bereavement, and suicide-related internet use, including online suicide memorialisation and the use of social media in the aftermath of a suicide. She is interested in how social media and other digital practices are used to manage grief and trauma after (different types of) death, and what we can learn from user experiences about the changing face of contemporary death, dying and bereavement.

Book Chapter

The use of social media in the aftermath of a suicide: Findings from a qualitative study in England

Bell, J., & Bailey, L. (2017). The use of social media in the aftermath of a suicide: Findings from a qualitative study in England. In T. Niederkrotenthaler, & S. Stack (Eds.), Media and Suicide International Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Policy, 75-86. Taylor & Francis

Journal Article

How the internet is changing the way we grieve

Bell, J. (2018). How the internet is changing the way we grieve. Conversation,

‘We do it to keep him alive’: bereaved individuals’ experiences of online suicide memorials and continuing bonds

Kennedy, D., Bailey, L., & Bell, J. (2015). ‘We do it to keep him alive’: bereaved individuals’ experiences of online suicide memorials and continuing bonds. Mortality, 20(4), 375-389. https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2015.1083693

Insights into the processes of suicide contagion : narratives from young people bereaved by suicide

Bell, J., Mallon, S., Manthorpe, J., & Stanley, N. (2015). Insights into the processes of suicide contagion : narratives from young people bereaved by suicide. Suicidology online, 6(1), 43-52

Suicide-Related Internet Use Among Suicidal Young People in the UK: Characteristics of Users, Effects of Use, and Barriers to Offline Help-Seeking

Bell, J., Mok, K., Gardiner, E., & Pirkis, J. (2018). Suicide-Related Internet Use Among Suicidal Young People in the UK: Characteristics of Users, Effects of Use, and Barriers to Offline Help-Seeking. Archives of Suicide Research, 22(2), 263-277. https://doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2017.1334609

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Bell is interested to hear from potential students who wish to undertake postgraduate research in any of her areas of interest. In particular she is interested in supervising research in young people's mental health, suicide and self-harm, suicide-related internet use and suicide bereavement.

Current PhD supervisions

- Vicky Burton

- Israa Faraj

- Dudley Ofari

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Senior Fellow HEI

2016