Alexandra Pitman

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Alexandra Pitman is a Clinical Associate Professor 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, the relationship between loneliness and suicidality, and in suicide prevention. Her clinical interests are in psychosocial interventions for people with suicidal thoughts in liaison, community, and in-patient settings. She completed her MSc in health policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics, and her PhD at UCL on the impact of suicide bereavement. Together with Professor Sonia Johnson, she leads the UKRI-funded Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health research network (@UCL_Loneliness). She is also funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the UCL Institute of Mental Health to study influences on suicide and self-harm risk. She sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Psychiatry, and tweets in a personal capacity as @DrAPitman


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Suicide rates in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic: cross-national data provide no evidence of an increase


Karel Kieslich, Rosalind McAlpine and Alexandra Pitman review a recent study exploring suicide trends in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic with real-time data from 21 countries.

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Mental health scientists stand up to COVID-19


Alexandra Pitman, Sonia Johnson and Michael Bloomfield respond to the mental health and COVID-19 research priorities set out in a new position paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry on 15th April 2020.

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Integrated Motivational Volitional model of suicidal behaviour #WSPD18


Today Alexandra Pitman and Lisa Marzano help us understand the IMV model of suicidal behaviour; a comprehensive theoretical model of suicidal behaviour, which has recently been updated by Professor Rory O’Connor of the Glasgow University Suicide Research Laboratory.

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Sexual orientation and suicidal behaviour: what are the specific risk factors for suicidality in young LGB people?


Alexandra Pitman and Sarah Rowe publish their debut elf blog on a brand new systematic review and meta-analysis looking at sexual orientation and suicidal behaviour in adolescents and young adults.

This is the fifth in a series of Mental Elf blogs produced in partnership with the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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