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Professor Louis Appleby (CBE) - personal details

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Professor Louis Appleby

Role: Professor of Psychiatry C.B.E

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 0714


Centre for Suicide Prevention

Community- Based Medicine
Jean McFarlane Building

The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL




Louis Appleby graduated in Medicine in Edinburgh and subsequently trained in both hospital medicine and psychiatry, the latter at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He has an MD from Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of both Physicians and Psychiatrists. He has held research grants totalling £15.5m from the Wellcome Trust, MRC, Department of Health and other NHS sources.

Louis leads a group of over 30 researchers in two research centres. The Centre for Suicide Prevention is the largest suicide research unit internationally. Its findings have been the basis of Government policy on suicide prevention. For example, it has highlighted ways of improving safety on mental health wards - a 50% fall in inpatient suicide has followed. The Centre for Women's Mental Health Research is one of the leading research centres on maternal mental health, both contributing to and evaluating national policy. In 2000 Louis Appleby was seconded (part-time) as the Government's National Director for Mental Health to lead a national programme of reform in mental health care and in 2010 National Clinical Director for Health and Criminal Justice.  He leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.  


Louis Appleby is National Director for Health and Criminal Justice and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. He is Director of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness and an honorary consultant psychiatrist at the Manchester Mental Health Partnership.