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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…
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…
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…
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.
When It is Darkest: New book by Rory O’Connor
Suicide is baffling and devastating in equal measures, and it can affect any one of us: one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Yet despite the scale of the devastation, for family members and friends, suicide is still poorly understood.
Covid-19: Mental health research and the pandemic response
It is incredibly humbling and rewarding to work with such a dedicated group of people, both here at the University and well beyond. Everyone has a shared goal of trying to do whatever we can to help and protect the most vulnerable during this global COVID-19 pandemic, as we all navigate an uncertain future ahead…
“Those unbearable thoughts do pass” – Rory O’Connor on BBC Scotland
Rory O’Connor was interviewed on BBC Scotland’s The Nine news and current affairs programme in the aftermath of Caroline Flack’s death. Here’s part of the interview here where he discusses the complexity of suicide and the importance of safety planning in suicide prevention.
Distress Brief Intervention programme wins prestigious Scottish Health Award
A unique mental health programme set up to help those in distress, which was developed through work led by Rory O’Connor and Jack Melson, has won a prestigious Scottish Health Award. The national Distress Brief Intervention programme which is a partnership between a range of statutory and 3rd sector organisations including the University of Glasgow received…
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.
Comment on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why
I have been asked a lot recently what I thought about 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix series. I was reluctant to comment directly until I had a chance to watch it in full. I now have, having taken advantage of the bank holiday weekend to watch all 13 episodes, pretty much back-to-back, over the past four days. The series revolves around the suicide of Hannah, a teenage girl, and the 13 reasons why she took her own life.
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