Dr Jo Bell

Dr Jo Bell

Senior Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Psychological Health, Wellbeing 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

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

Taboo Or Not Taboo: (In)visibilities Of Death, Dying And Bereavement

Hård Af Segerstad, Y., Bell, J., Giaxoglou, K., Pitsillides, S., & Yeshua-Katz, D. (2020). Taboo Or Not Taboo: (In)visibilities Of Death, Dying And Bereavement. Selected Papers of Internet Research, https://doi.org/10.5210/spir.v2020i0.11125

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

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

Other

How the internet is changing the way we grieve

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

Research interests

Mental Health (esp young people's mental health)

Suicide Prevention / Postvention

Trauma and Loss

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