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. Her research integrates three main strands: mental health, suicide prevention, and trauma and loss.
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 has researched how social media and other digital practices are used to manage grief after traumatic loss, and what we can learn from user experiences about the changing face of contemporary death, dying and bereavement.
She has been the Principle Investigator on a range projects supported by the Wellcome Trust, Department of Health, and NHS. She is a member of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the International Death Online Research Network. Her work has been recognised internationally and has contributed to evidence based national postvention training and local safeguarding training, World Health Organisation guidelines on suicide and media reporting, regional suicide prevention strategies, policy and commissioning planning for accessible adolescent mental health services.
Jo teaches on the BA and MA Social Work Programmes:
Loss Dying and Bereavement
Mental Health and Young People
Social Work Research and Dissertation (MA)
Human Development across the Lifespan
There’s just huge anxiety: ontological security, moral panic, and the decline in young people’s mental health and well-being in the UK
Bell, J., Reid, M., Dyson, J., Schlosser, A., & Alexander, T. (2019). There’s just huge anxiety: ontological security, moral panic, and the decline in young people’s mental health and well-being in the UK. Qualitative research in medicine and healthcare, 3(2), 87-97. https://doi.org/10.4081/qrmh.2019.8200
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
Mental Health (esp young people's mental health)
Suicide Prevention / Postvention
Trauma and Loss
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, suicide bereavement, trauma and loss, contemporary death.
Current PhD supervisions
- Vicky Burton
- Israa Faraj
- Dudley Ofari