Meet Our Team

Prof Ann John

Ann is a public health doctor and lead for suicide and self-harm prevention for Public Health Wales. She chairs the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on suicide and self-harm prevention which oversees the delivery of the suicide prevention strategy for Wales. Her research focus is on the prevention of self-harm and suicidal behaviours and child and adolescent mental health.

Amanda Marchant

Amanda is a research assistant and PhD student at the Swansea University Medical School. Most of her time is taken up with working on SHARE UK. Her research interests include: child and adolescent mental health, suicide and self-harm and health informatics.

Prof Keith Lloyd

Keith is the Dean and Head of the Swansea University Medical School. He is also a clinical academic specialising in psychiatry and works clinically as a psychiatrist in Swansea’s ABMU Health Board. He is Deputy Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Keith’s research interests include the management of mental disorders in primary care and community settings – especially suicide and self harm and patient perspectives.

About Us

SHARE UK is a research project that forms part of a programme of research on self-harm based in the Population Psychiatry, Suicide and Informatics (PPSI) team at Swansea University Medical School. We aim to address the important social and health-care needs in those suffering from mental health issues, self-harm and suicidal behaviours. To do this we undertake a range of research designed to advance prevention and treatment. We are part of the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH)

SHARE UK is funded by Health and Care Research Wales and led by Professor Ann John.

Our Research


Our research aims to identify what support people need, to inform policy and to improve services for those who self-harm or those with mental health issues. Recent examples of our research include work undertaken on behalf of the Welsh Government regarding the way GPs prescribe antidepressants, stimulants and antipsychotics to children and young people. This research has added to the growing body of work on the management of mental health issues in children and young people. It has also led to GPs being issued fresh guidance on prescribing to young people
(Read more about this here).

We have created a research cohort of individuals with psychosis in Wales (12000 individuals so far) who have contributed genetic and survey data and have been linked with routinely collected healthcare data. This is a unique platform for research allowing us to answer lots of questions that we couldn’t answer before. (Read more about this here).

We have also worked on projects examining the way suicide and self-harm are discussed in the media.

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Participant Debrief

Thank you for taking part in this research – all the information you give us is so important to informing future research

While we are not able to provide information on individual responses we will make findings of this research available on the web-portal so you can see how your contribution is really making a difference.

If you have been affected by taking part in this research in anyway or just need someone to talk to please get in contact with the Samaritans on 116 123 – They’re available 24 hours a day 365 days a year – if there is something troubling you then please get in touch.

If you want to talk to someone immediately then please telephone using the number above. However support is also available via email at jo@samaritans.org. Further information can be found on their website www.samaritans.org.

Just having someone to talk to that isn’t family or friends can be a tremendous help. You don’t have to be suicidal to get in touch.

If you have any further questions about this research then get in touch with the research team via the contact us page. We are only able to respond to questions relating to the research itself.

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