Ann John

Academic Lead, Mental Health

Ann John, a public health trained former GP, is a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University Medical School and Co-Director of DATAMIND, the HDRUK Mental Health Data Hub. She is a clinical epidemiologist whose research focuses on mental health, particularly in young people, and suicide and self-harm prevention.

Ann leads the Mental Health research area in ADR Wales. She chairs the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on suicide and self-harm prevention and is the national lead for suicide prevention for Public Health Wales.

During the pandemic Ann was a member of SAGE and its Wales equivalent TAG. She co-led the Global Suicide Study. Ann works across sectors aiming to translate administrative data research into evidence-based practice and policy to prevent self-harm, suicide and young people’s mental disorders. She is a Trustee of Samaritans.