Who's involved

The leading experts in Bristol in suicide and self-harm are involved in STITCH HIT. The steering group is made up of:

  • HIT Co-Director: Lucy Biddle, Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology, Bristol Medical School (PHS), University of Bristol and Theme Lead, Mental Health, NIHR ARC West
  • HIT Co-Director: Becky Mars, Vice Chancellor's Fellow, Bristol Medical School (PHS), University of Bristol
  • HIT Co-Director: Sandra Walker, Liaison Psychiatry, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Sue Dursley, Liaison Psychiatry, Bristol Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
    • Role: leads STITCH HIT GP project
  • Victoria Bleasedale, Public Health, Inclusion and Mental Health, Bristol City Council
    • Role: Link to Bristol-wide suicide prevention strategy and THRIVE initiatives
  • Geraldine Smyth, Public Health, Inclusion and Mental Health, Bristol City Council
    • Role: Link to Children's Services and schools
  • Professor Paul Moran, Professor of Psychiatry, Bristol Medical School (PHS), University of Bristol, Consultant at UHBW and Theme Lead, Mental Health, NIHR ARC West
    • Role: Supporting research and evaluation and updating the group on latest research findings and contributing to staff training
  • Amy Chrzanowski, Mental Health Nurse Prescriber, Student Health Service, University of Bristol
    • Role: Supporting GP project
  • Glynn Williams, Student Support Services, University of West of England (UWE)
    • Role: Link with UWE's student mental health initiatives
  • Richard Popp, St Mungo's
  • Jan Connett, Senior project manager









  • Jan Connett, Project Manager
  • Jonathan Benger (UHBristol/UWE), Professor of Emergency Care, Consultant in Emergency Medicine
    Role: integration with emergency care pathways and academic input
  • Leonie Roberts (Bristol City Council), Associate Director of Public Health, Inclusion and Mental Health
    Role: link to Bristol-wide suicide prevention strategy
  • Amy Green (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) / North Bristol Trust), Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist
  • Dominique Thompson and Emma Webb, GP representatives from the University of Bristol student health service
  • John Hayhurst, NHS England chief pharmacist
  • Kyla Thomas, South Gloucestershire Honorary Speciality Registrar in Public Health
  • Lucy Griffin (AWP), Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist Bristol Royal Infirmary
    Role: clinical team lead for self-harm patients in UHBristol, key link UHB/AWP
  • Lucy Woodhams (North Bristol Trust) Psychiatric Liaison Nurse
  • David Gunnell (UoB/Hon Consultant NBT), Professor of Epidemiology and Hon Consultant in Public Health Partner
    Role: supporting research and evaluation/updating group on latest research findings/contributing to staff training
  • John Lovelock (NBT) Psychiatric Liaison Nurse
    Role: clinical lead representative to self-harm patients in NBT
  • Catherine Wevill, (Bristol City Council) Senior Strategic Commissioning Manager Mental Health and Learning Difficulties NHS Bristol and Health and Social Care
  • Lisa Foote, service user representative
  • Martyn Baxter, Director Bristol Samaritans
    Role: key voluntary sector representative
  • Professor Jenny Donovan, Professor of Social Medicine, University of Bristol
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