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


  • SBRL Blog: Getting to know the world of suicide research Getting to know the world of suicide researchSome reflections from Anabel Soehlemann (Technical University of Dresden) I am a German psychology student at the Technical University of Dresden, currently ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2018, 5:30 PM by Karen Wetherall
  • SBRL Blog: ESSSB17 - It’s great to feel part of the suicide research community A contingent from the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab had the pleasure of attending the 17th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour (ESSSB17) held in the beautiful city of Ghent ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2018, 1:33 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Our mental health: We need more stories like Ruth Davidson's I awoke this morning to see a timeline full of tweets about Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson’s admission (in a Sunday Times Magazine interview including an extract from her ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2018, 11:33 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Horizon: Stopping Male Suicide As part of the new Horizon: Stopping Male Suicide documentary, Dr Xand Van Tulleken travelled to Scotland (to a wet and cold Loch Lomond) to interview Rory O'Connor about ...
    Posted Aug 30, 2018, 6:49 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Podcast & new open access paper on IMV model Rory O'Connor & Olivia Kirtley (KU Leuven) publish latest version of Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour (IMV model) in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.  Paper available ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2018, 12:50 PM by Karen Wetherall
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