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About the Suicide Prevention Research Collaborative (SPRC)

The Suicide Prevention Research Collaborative (SPRC) is a multidisciplinary group led by four psychiatrists and researchers in the Department of Psychiatry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. We aim to understand the psychological, social and biological factors associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviours with the goal of preventing suicide. Active topics of investigation include suicide prevention in people with mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, among psychiatric inpatients post-discharge, and among youth. Other areas of focus include the impacts of media portrayal of suicide and self-harm, and means restriction interventions on suicide rates at a population level. A wide range of methodologies are utilized, including observational studies, large datasets of media portrayals of suicide, coroner datasets, clinical trials, quality improvement studies and analyses of large population-level datasets. Our aim is to better understand suicide to inform prevention efforts.

Vision: Cutting-edge research to stop suicide and cultivate a future where every individual finds hope, resilience, support and a life worth living.

Mission: The Suicide Prevention Research Collaborative (SPRC) is dedicated to leveraging our diverse expertise to advance scientific knowledge in suicide prevention research through advocacy and collaborations. We employ quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including coroner’s records reviews and clinical trials, to inform individual and population-level suicide prevention strategies.


  • Collaboration
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Quality Improvement
  • Advocacy
  • Community Engagement
  • Education & Outreach