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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 FRSE FAcSS PhD CPsychol AFBPsS, 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

In Conversation: When It Is Darkest

In partnership with the British Psychological Society (BPS), Professor Rory O’Connor talks to clinical psychologist, author and broadcaster Tanya Byron about his book When It Is Darkest. Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do To Prevent It which won the 2021 BPS Popular Science Book Award. 

Early & Mid-Career Researchers’ (EMCR) Forum 2022

The Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) is pleased to announce the sixth Suicide and Self-Harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers’ Forum (EMCRF22), which will be held at the University of Glasgow’s St Andrews Building, Glasgow, on 13th and 14th June 2022. EMCRF22 is open to all working in the field of suicide and self-harm research, but it is specifically targeted at Early and Mid-Career Researchers. It will provide a space for support, networking, and collaborations among Masters, PhD, and Post-doctoral research students as well as more established researchers. In short, if you are a researcher (at any stage of your career) in the field of suicide and self-harm please consider attending and/or presenting.

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

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