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 elected to Executive Committee of IASP as Vice President Congratulations to SBRL's Rory O'Connor who has been elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.On his election, Rory commented: "I ...
    Posted May 18, 2017, 8:49 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • 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 ...
    Posted May 9, 2017, 6:35 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Conference Prize for Laura McDermott Many congratulations to Laura McDermott (and Deborah McQuaid, Adele Dickson & Rory O'Connor) for winning the Conference Poster Prize at the recent British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology Annual ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 7:23 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Research Job Opportunity to work at SBRL Research Job Opportunity to work with us on an exciting new project entitled 'Safety planning intervention with follow-up telephone contact (SAFETEL) to reduce suicidal behaviour: a development and exploratory ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2017, 1:53 AM by Glasgow Wellbeing
  • 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 Oct 27, 2016, 5:44 AM by Karen Wetherall
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