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Thomas Niederkrotenthaler
Assoc.-Prof. PD. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Ph.D., M.M.Sc.Unit Suicide Research & Mental Health Promotion

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

ORCID: 0000-0001-9550-628X
T +43 1 40160 34611

Further Information


Communications Media; Health Promotion; Mass Media; Mental Health; Mental Health Services; Suicide

Research group(s)

Research interests

My main research areas are suicide prevention research;Werther and Papageno effects; suicide epidemiology;labour market marginalization and suicidal behaviour; mentalhealthservices; and mental health promotion.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

Content analysis, cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional analysis, RCTs

Selected publications

  1. 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:
  2. Niederkrotenthaler, T. et al., 2016. Predictors of psychological improvement on non-professional suicide message boards: content analysis. Psychological Medicine, 46(16), pp.3429-3442. Available at:
  3. Niederkrotenthaler, T. et al., 2014. Increasing Help-Seeking and Referrals for Individuals at Risk for Suicide by Decreasing Stigma. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47(3), pp.S235-S243. Available at:
  4. Niederkrotenthaler, T. et al., 2014. Future risk of labour market marginalization in young suicide attempters--a population-based prospective cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 43(5), pp.1520-1530. Available at:
  5. Niederkrotenthaler, T. et al., 2010. Role of media reports in completed and prevented suicide: Werther v. Papageno effects. British Journal of Psychiatry, 197(03), pp.234-243. Available at: