Dr Jo Bell

Dr Jo Bell

Senior Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Psychology 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. 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

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

More than signposting: Findings from an evaluation of a social prescribing service

White, C., Bell, J., Reid, M., & Dyson, J. (in press). More than signposting: Findings from an evaluation of a social prescribing service. Health and Social Care in the Community, https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13925

Signs of Safety and the Paradox of Simplicity: Insights from Research with Social Work Students

White, C., Bell, J., & Revell, L. (in press). Signs of Safety and the Paradox of Simplicity: Insights from Research with Social Work Students. Practice: Social Work in Action, https://doi.org/10.1080/09503153.2022.2045009

Suicide Exposure in a Polymediated Age

Bell, J., & Westoby, C. (2021). Suicide Exposure in a Polymediated Age. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, Article 694280. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.694280

Societal Expectations and Well-being of Academics: Views from University Lecturers in Ghana

Ofori, D. W., & Bell, J. (2020). Societal Expectations and Well-being of Academics: Views from University Lecturers in Ghana. Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, 33(10), 74-84. https://doi.org/10.9734/jesbs/2020/v33i1030266

Designed to Die: On the ephemerality and obsolescence of digital remains

Hård af Segerstad, Y., Bell, J., & Yeshua-Katz, D. (2020). Designed to Die: On the ephemerality and obsolescence of digital remains. Selected Papers of Internet Research, https://doi.org/10.5210/spir.v2020i0.11125

Research interests

Mental Health (esp young people's mental health)

Suicide Prevention / Postvention

Trauma and Loss

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Suicide bereavement service evaluation

Funder

The Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership

Grant

£11,826.00

Started

1 July 2020

Status

Ongoing

Project

Social Media & Suicide Postvention Project

Funder

Humber Teaching Foundation Trust

Grant

£9,807.00

Started

1 February 2021

Status

Ongoing

Project

Partners in Practice

Funder

ERYC East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Grant

£109,062.00

Started

23 September 2019

Status

Complete

Project

Evaluation of the SMASH programme

Funder

HCC Hull City Council

Grant

£4,997.00

Started

1 April 2017

Status

Complete

Project

North East Lincolnshire Creating Safer Communities Research Project

Funder

North East Lincolnshire Council

Grant

£28,151.00

Started

1 July 2016

Status

Complete

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, suicide bereavement, trauma and loss, contemporary death.

Current PhD supervisions

- Vicky Burton

- Dudley Ofori

- Justine Krygier

- Naomi Shann

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Senior Fellow HEI

2016