Lars Mehlum MD PhD is the founding director of the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo and former Head of the Institute of psychiatry at the same university. He is the past president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), past president of the International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) and the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD). With his research group he focuses on both clinical studies of people with suicidal and self-harming behaviour and mental health problems such as personality disorders and the efficacy of treatments and interventions. He also conducts studies of the epidemiology of self-harm and completed suicide in the general population and various non-clinical samples through large scale national registers. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, 8 books and many book chapters and has received several national and international awards. He is the editor of the journal Suicidologi and is on the editorial board of several international journals.