Ground-breaking research to examine suicide risk in men

The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHW) have announced a PhD scholarship, which will deliver ground-breaking research, focusing specifically on men, to understand suicide risk. Suicide is the leading cause of death in young and middle-aged men in most western countries, including the UK. Last year in Scotland, an average of two people died by suicide every day.

Picture of Prof Rory O'Connor

Professor Rory O’Connor, Director of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab in IHW said: “We are incredibly excited to be working with SAMH on this ground-breaking research into male suicide in Scotland. Despite the stark reality that suicide is the leading cause of death in men under 50, we still do not fully understand the complex set of factors that account for this harrowing reality. Suicide devastates families up and down the country every day; we need to do more to prevent these tragedies.”

First published: 26 June 2018