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 Past President of the International Academy for Suicide Research. Rory has a long-standing interest in suicide research. 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. The group 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 Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Chief Scientist Office, GL Assessment, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leverhulme, NHS, Nuffield Foundation, Royal Society, Choose Life, 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) 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


  • Rory O’Connor profiled in November’s Lancet Psychiatry In November’s Lancet Psychiatry, Rory O’Connor talks about his research into the suicidal mind as well as how his own personal experiences have influenced his thinking and his ...
    Posted by SBRL Glasgow
  • Date for Early Career Researchers' Forum 2017 We are pleased to announce the date for the next ECR Forum - 8th and 9th June 2017.More details will follow soon: Early Career Researchers' (ECR) Forum 2017
    Posted Oct 7, 2016, 8:06 AM by SBRL Glasgow
  • Rory O'Connor interviewed by MQ Research about new research To coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, MQ Research, the mental health research charity held a Q&A with Rory O'Connor.Click here for the Q ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 10:38 AM by rory o'c
  • Photos from the Early Career Researchers' Forum on Suicide and Self-harm Many thanks to all of the delegates who attended the ECR Forum on 3rd June. The event was a huge success, with representation from across the UK, Ireland, Germany and ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2016, 2:23 PM by SBRL Glasgow
  • Interventions to prevent self-harm. What does the evidence say? Rory O'Connor took part in a Google Hangout live discussion panel on interventions to prevent self-harm.  The discussion begins with a summary of three Cochrane reviews (published by ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2016, 2:24 AM by SBRL Glasgow
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