Jo Bell

Dr Jo Bell

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Health Sciences

01482 464687

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 written and published on the subject of self-harm, suicide, bereavement, and suicide-related internet use.


Research Interests

  • Suicide-related internet use

  • The role of the internet in in suicide intervention and postvention

  • Issues relating to digital afterlife, digital legacy and death online

Research groups

  • International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP)

  • IASP special interest group in Suicide and Media

  • Death Online Research Network


Bell J, Mok K, Gardiner E, & Pirkis J (2017), 'Suicide-related Internet Use amongst Suicidal Young People in the UK: Characteristics of Users, Effects of Use, and Barriers to Offline Help-seeking', Archives of Suicide Research, DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2017.1334609.

Bell J, and Bailey L (2017), ‘The Use of Facebook in the Aftermath of a Suicide’, in Niederkrotenthaler T and Stack S (eds.), Suicide and the Media: International Perspectives on Research, Theory and Policy, Hogrefe Publishing.

Bell J, Bailey L and Kennedy D (2015), '"We Do it to Keep Him Alive”: Bereaved Individuals’ Experiences of Online Suicide Memorials and Continuing Bonds', Mortality, 20, 4, 375-389. DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2015.1083693.

Bell J, Stanley N, Mallon S and Manthorpe J (2015), 'Narratives of Suicide Contagion: Insights on Processes and Mechanisms from Young People Bereaved by Suicide', Suicidology Online, 6, 1, 43-52.

Bailey L, Bell J and Kennedy D (2014), 'Continuing Social Presence of the Dead: Exploring Suicide Bereavement through Online Memorialisation', New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 21, 1-2, 72-86.

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Human Growth and Development (UG)

  • Loss, Dying and Bereavement (UG; PGT)

  • Self-harm and Suicide in young people (UG;PGT)

  • Social Work Research and Dissertation (PGT)

Research PhDs

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

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow HEA

  • Senior Fellow FHEA

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Psychology

  • PhD Psychology