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 and one of the Vice Presidents of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. 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 Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Chief Scientist Office, GL Assessment, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leverhulme, NHS, MQ Research, 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), 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


  • #WSPD17 Rory O'Connor talks suicide prevention with his daughter To coincide with #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, Rory O'Connor talks about suicide prevention with his daughter. #WSPD17
    Posted Sep 10, 2017, 5:13 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Tiago Zortea listens in to ‘The Edge of Life’ on BBC Radio 4 SBRL's Tiago Zortea listens in to 'The Edge of Life on BBC Radio 4.  His review for The Psychologist is here.  
    Posted Sep 5, 2017, 6:45 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Entrapment and suicidal behaviour Professor Rory O'Connor (SBRL) and Professor Gwendolyn Portzky (Ghent University) have contributed an article to a special issue on suicide published in Current Opinion in Psychology.  The article is ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 2:43 PM by Karen Wetherall
  • On 13 Reasons Why: Acknowledging those working in suicide prevention A new blog by SBRL member Katerina Kavalidou on the recent TV programme 13 Reasons Why, and importance of recognising the often distressing work of those who work on suicide ...
    Posted May 30, 2017, 9:15 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Blog on the role of empathy in suicide prevention SBRL member Tiago Zortea recently wrote a blog on the role of empathy in suicide prevention, read it here:http://ihawkes.academicblogs.co.uk/2016/10/05/suicide-prevention-at ...
    Posted May 30, 2017, 9:11 AM by Karen Wetherall
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