Ann John

Ann, a former GP, is now a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University Medical School. She is the academic lead of the ADR Wales Mental Health research programme. Her research focuses on suicide and self-harm prevention and children and young people’s mental health. She is also a co-director of DATAMIND: the Health Data Research UK hub for mental health informatics research.

Ann works across sectors translating research into evidence-based practice and policy to prevent suicide and self-harm. She played a key role in developing the Wales National Suicide and Self-harm Prevention Strategy, UK Cluster Guidance, and the UK Postvention Framework in Higher Education. She leads the Suicide Information Database for Wales. Ann chairs the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government and co-chairs the cross-government group on suicide and self-harm prevention. She has advised on the responsible depiction of suicidal behaviours for a number of major TV programmes: Eastenders, Coronation Street, and This is Going to Hurt. She is regularly called upon to provide advice to both Welsh and UK Government.