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 a global 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 internationally. 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 Posts

  • Professor Rory O’Connor Named Recipient of Prestigious American Suicide Prevention Research Award
    Professor Rory O’Connor named as the Recipient of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 2023 Research Award.
  • ADHD and Suicide Risk
    ADHD UK is delighted to announce a new research partnership with the University of Glasgow to explore the relationship between ADHD and suicide risk. Although people with ADHD are known to have increased risk of suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and death by suicide, there are many gaps in our understanding of why and how they are at increased suicide risk. Over the next 18 months, we aim to explore the association between a range of psychological and psychosocial factors and suicide risk in people with ADHD.
  • An Experimental Study of the Relationship Between Future Thinking and Suicide Risk
    We are looking for individuals (18 years or older) who have had experienced suicidal thoughts or suicidal behaviours and those without any history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts to participate in an experimental study to better understand the relationship between future thinking and suicide risk.

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

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