Dr Alexandra Pitman

Dr Alexandra Pitman is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry in the UCL Division of Psychiatry and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Her research interests are in the epidemiology of suicide and self-harm, and in approaches to preventing suicide. For her PhD, she conducted a national survey of people bereaved by suicide, which found that people bereaved by suicide are at greater risk of suicide attempt than people bereaved by other sudden deaths, and significantly more likely to perceive stigma and a lack of informal support. She co-leads the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-funded Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health research network and is interested in the influence of loneliness on mental health after bereavement. She was a member of the Public Health England expert reference group on suicide bereavement and contributed to the 2017 Public Health England publication Support after a suicide: a guide to providing local services. She has been funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), American Foundation For Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), The McPin Foundation, and the Co-Op Foundation to conduct research into the impact of bereavement.