Welcome to the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL)

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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 Assocition 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 support organisations.

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

International Association for Suicide Prevention


  • 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:http://ihawkes.academicblogs.co.uk/2021/03/31/understanding-suicide ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2021, 2:24 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Male suicide: Our Silent Emergency Radio DJ Roman Kemp meets Rory O'Connor on his journey to understand young male suicideI had the pleasure of taking part in Roman Kemp's documentary Our Silent ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2021, 3:13 PM by rory o'c
  • When It is Darkest: New book by Rory O'Connor When It is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It New Book by Rory O'Connor Publication date: 6th May 2021Publisher ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2021, 2:39 PM by Karen Wetherall
  • New Blog. Covid-19: Mental health research and the pandemic response Covid-19: Mental health research and the pandemic response by Rory O’Connor On Friday 13th March I was meant to fly to Australia.  But on advice from the ...
    Posted May 22, 2020, 4:35 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • "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 ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2020, 1:38 PM by rory o'c
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