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


  • New blog by SBRL member Tiago Zortea Suicide research without borders: The travel diary of a ‘SBRL ambassador’When people ask me where I am from, I always play a game and ask them back where do ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2018, 2:23 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Registration open for EMCR Forum 2018 Registration for the Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Forum is open! Book your place by going to the information page here.
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 5:18 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • Safety Planning (Safe Tel) and Suicidal Behaviour Study: December 2017 Update Phase 3 of the Safe Tel study will begin in January 2018; please click on the link for information about how phase 2 has been progressing or double click on ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2017, 7:38 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • SBRL Blog: Combining PhD Studies with a full time career in the NHS by Dave Sandford (SBRL PhD student and senior psychotherapist within IAPT)Working full-time in a busy NHS service and being six years away from retirement are probably not part ...
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 5:15 AM by Karen Wetherall
  • What is self-compassion and how do we measure it? SBRL member Seonaid Cleare has written a summary of her recently published paper. Access the full paper hereWikipedia describes self-compassion as “extending compassion to oneself in instances of ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2017, 2:38 AM by Karen Wetherall
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