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Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory

We conduct interdisciplinary research including experimental research, clinical and non-clinical studies as well as psychosocial interventions  as we strive to understand and prevent suicide

The Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) at the University of Glasgow is led by Professor Rory O’Connor PhD CPsychol AFBPsS FAcSS, the President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and a past President of International Academy for Suicide Research. Rory has a long-standing interest in suicide research (for more information, see a profile here). He has been conducting research into suicide and self-harm since 1994 and he established the SBRL (originally named SBRG) in 2003. It has an international reputation for conducting high quality, theoretically-grounded and innovative research and it is the leading suicide and self-harm research group in Scotland and one of the leading groups in the UK. The SBRL also has strong national and international research links and it is always keen to develop new collaborations to advance the understanding and prevention of suicide throughout the world.


Aims of the SBRL

The aim of the research conducted within the group is to apply theoretical models derived from different areas of psychology as well as from the social sciences to enhance our understanding of self-harm and suicide.  

Working Together to Understand and Prevent Suicide and Reduce Self-harm 

We work with many different stakeholders with an interest in suicide and self-harm research and prevention including academics, practitioners and policy planners. We have a highly regarded track record of working collabora­tively across disciplines, both nationally and internationally. Most of the work within the SBRL is as a result of these collaborations and it is conducted by faculty, postdoctoral and graduate staff. Our research has been funded by a wide variety of sources including British Academy, Chief Scientist Office, Economic and Social Research Council, GL Assessment, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leverhulme, NHS, Medical Research Council, Medical Research Foundation, MQ Research, The Mindstep Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, Royal Society, Choose Life, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Scottish, UK and US governments.


We do not provide a treatment service or advice for those in crisis. If you are in crisis or feeling suicidal we urge you to seek help from your GP, a key worker, or family and friends. You can also contact helpline services such as Samaritans (116 123), NHS24 (111) or, if you are in Scotland, Breathing Space (0800 83 85 87).

Please click here for a more comprehensive list of UK support organisations, and here for a list of international support organisations.


Latest News

EMCRF21 Live Panel Discussion

This year, the SBRL team will broadcast live on this page the panel discussion at the 5th Suicide and Self-Harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum with keynote speakers Prof. Ann John (Swansea University Medical School, Wales) and Prof. Prof. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler (Medical University of Vienna, Austria) chaired by Prof. Rory O’Connor (SBRL Director, University of Glasgow, Scotland). To watch the live panel discussion, click on the video below on Thursday, 17th June 2021 at 16:30 (British Summer Time).

Understanding Suicide Risk in Men

New blog by SBRL’s Cara Richardson summarising findings from her recent systematic review examining suicide risk factors in men. Suicides in men outnumber women in almost every country in the world (Naghavi, 2019), with the exception of the 15-19 year age group. In Scotland males accounted for almost 75% of all suicide deaths in 2019 (ScotPHO, 2020). Each life lost to suicide is a preventable tragedy and more needs to be done to understand the risk factors in individuals who take their own life.

Male suicide: Our Silent Emergency

I had the pleasure of taking part in Roman Kemp’s documentary Our Silent Emergency on mental health and suicide which he made following the death of his best friend and radio producer Joe Lyons.  It will be broadcast tonight on BBC1 at 9pm as well as streaming on BBC iPlayer now.

Key international resources on suicide research and its prevention can be found at the sites below:

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