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Dr Jo Bell


The use of social media in the aftermath of a suicide: Findings from a qualitative study in England (2017)
Book Chapter
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

e research draws on the experiences of bereaved individuals who utilize Facebook to memorialize loved ones who have died by suicide. Aspects of the research have been published elsewhere. In Bailey et al. (2014), we explore how the use of social medi... Read More

Suicide-Related Internet Use Among Suicidal Young People in the UK: Characteristics of Users, Effects of Use, and Barriers to Offline Help-Seeking (2017)
Journal Article
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

The study replicates earlier research using a UK sample to examine differences between suicidal people who go online for suicide-related reasons and suicidal people who do not, perceived effects of suicide-related Internet use, and perceived barriers... Read More

‘We do it to keep him alive’: bereaved individuals’ experiences of online suicide memorials and continuing bonds (2015)
Journal Article
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

This paper presents draws on interviews with individuals who have experience of creating, maintaining and utilising Facebook sites in memory of a loved one who has died by suicide. We argue that Facebook enables the deceased to be an on-going active... Read More

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

Death by suicide can have a profound and long lasting impact on the people left behind. Research has demonstrated that, in comparison to the general population, those bereaved by suicide, particularly young people, are at increased risk for suicide.... Read More

Continuing social presence of the dead: Exploring suicide bereavement through online memorialisation (2014)
Journal Article
Bailey, L., Bell, J., & Kennedy, D. (2015). Continuing social presence of the dead: Exploring suicide bereavement through online memorialisation. The new review of hypermedia and multimedia, 21(1-2), 72-86. https://doi.org/10.1080/13614568.2014.983554

© 2014 The Author(s). The last 10 years have seen a rise in Internet sites commemorating those lost to suicide. These sites describe the life of the deceased and the afterlife of relatives, parents, friends or siblings who have been termed the "forgo... Read More

Working with young people and self-harm and suicide (2014)
Book Chapter
Bell, J. (2014). Working with young people and self-harm and suicide. In B. Teater (Ed.), Contemporary Social Work Practice: A handbook for students, 243-255. (1). Open University Press