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Benedikt Till
Assoc.-Prof. PD Mag. Dr. Benedikt Till

Center for Public Health (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine)
Position: Associate Professor

ORCID: 0000000220995469
T +43 1 40160 34615

Further Information


Health Communication; Mass Media; Mental Health; Public Health; Suicide

Research group(s)

Research interests

I work in the field of media psychology, health communication, mental health promotion, and suicide research. My research focus lies on the roles of the mass media in suicide and suicide prevention (e.g., Werther effect, Papageno effect).


Selected publications

  1. Till, B. et al., 2018. Effect of Educative Suicide Prevention News Articles Featuring Experts With vs Without Personal Experience of Suicidal Ideation. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 80(1). Available at:
  2. Till, B. et al., 2017. Beneficial and harmful effects of educative suicide prevention websites: randomised controlled trial exploring Papageno v. Werther effects. British Journal of Psychiatry, 211(02), pp.109-115. Available at:
  3. Till, B. et al., 2015. Determining the effects of films with suicidal content: A laboratory experiment. British Journal of Psychiatry, 207(01), pp.72-78. Available at:
  4. Till, B. & Niederkrotenthaler, T., 2014. Surfing for Suicide Methods and Help. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 75(08), pp.886-892. Available at:
  5. Till, B. et al., 2010. Suicide in Films: The Impact of Suicide Portrayals on Nonsuicidal Viewers� Well-Being and the Effectiveness of Censorship. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 40(4), pp.319-327. Available at: