Research - Mental Health Promotion

Researching mental public health including mental health stigma.

Stigma surrounding suicide and mental-ill health poses a large burden to the community and is one of the most important barriers to help-seeking for mental health problems. Research on how to reduce stigma surrounding mental ill-health and suicide has been at the core of some of the work of the Wiener Werkstaette. Specifically, we have contributed to the development of the first set of media guidelines for the stigma-free reporting on mental health and mental illness in Austria. Further, we are involved in research to assess which media portrayals can contribute to a reduction of stigma of help-seeking and disclosing mental health problems. Further, we are involved in research examining the complex relationship between suicide stigma, suicidal ideation, and to support the normalization of help-seeking. Some of the research also targets specific minorities such as LGBTIQ+ individuals, in order to better understand how to tailor suicide prevention and mental health messaging for specific groups.

Related Publications

Kirchner S, Amin R, Niederkrotenthaler T, Cullen AE, Gémes K, Helgesson M, Mittendorfer-Rutz E. (2023). Period effects in the risk of labour market marginalization among refugees in Sweden: a register-based cohort study. European Journal of Public Health, 33(1), 106-113. 10.1093/eurpub/ckac156.
O'Connor RC, Worthman CM, Abanga M, Athanassopoulou N, Boyce N, Chan LF, Christensen H, Das-Munshi J, Downs J, Koenen KC, Moutier CY, Templeton P, Batterham P, Brakspear K, Frank RG, Gilbody S, Gureje O, Henderson D, John A, [...], Niederkrotenthaler T, [...], Yip PSF. (2023). Gone Too Soon: priorities for action to prevent premature mortality associated with mental illness and mental distress. Lancet Psychiatry, 10(6), 452-464. 10.1016/S2215-0366(23)00058-5.
Eisenwort B, Schmid C, Yousuf F, Winkler A, Felnhofer A, Klier C. (2022). Mehrsprachiges Aufwachsen und Sprachentwicklungsstörungen. Sylvia Moosmüllers Forschung über Sprachvariation und die klinische Praxis der Sprachdiagnostik. In: Pucher, M. Balacs,P. (ed): Akustische Phonetik und ihre multidisziplinären Aspekte. Verlag der österr. Akademie der Wissenschaft.
Kapitany T. (2022). Krisenintervention flächendeckend ausrollen. Janssen Mental Health Forum 2022, S.20–21.
Siegel M, Noestlinger C, Duerrauer F, Kirchner S, Niederkrotenthaler T, Zemp M. (2022). Mental health of sexual and gender minority youth in Austria: scoping review and research agenda based on international evidence. Neuropsychiatrie. Online ahead of print. 10.1007/s40211-022-00436-x.
Stein C, Kapitany T. (2022). Krisenintervention für Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund und/oder Fluchterfahrung. Suizidprophylaxe, 1/2022 (188), S.4-13.
Till B, Niederkrotenthaler T. (2022). Romantic relationships and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in Austria: a population-based cross-sectional survey. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 857329. 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.857329.
Arendt F, Mestas M, Forrai M. (2021). Uncovering blind spots in the intention to provide adequate help to suicidal individuals: An exploratory web-based experiment. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.
Eisenwort B, Fernandez Arias P, Klier C, Till B. (2021). News media representations of women who kill their newly born children. Archives of Women's Mental Health. 10.1007/s00737-021-01148-x.
Eisenwort B, Schmid C, Tilis M, Tsoy D, Diendorfer-Radner G, Sedlaczek A, Klier C. (2021). Important aspects in the assessment of bilingual children with suspected language impairment: The Vienna Model. Neuropsychiatrie 35, 135-139. 10.1007/s40211-020-00361-x.
Niederkrotenthaler T, Laido Z, Kirchner S, Braun M, Metzler H, Waldhör T, Strauss MJ, Garcia D, Till B. (2021). Mental health over nine months during the SARS-CoV2 pandemic: Representative cross-sectional survey in twelve waves between April and December 2020 in Austria. Journal of Affective Disorders, 296, 49-58. 10.1016/j.jad.2021.08.153.
Taipale H, Niederkrotenthaler T, Helgesson M, Sijbrandij M, Berg L, Tanskanen A, Mittendorfer-Rutz E. (2021). Initiation of antidepressant use among refugee and Swedish-born youth after diagnosis of a common mental disorder: findings from the REMAIN study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 56(3), 463–474. 10.1007/s00127-020-01951-4.
Till B, Arendt F, Niederkrotenthaler T. (2021). Effects of media portrayals of alleged malpractice in psychiatry and response strategies to mitigate reputational dam- age: Randomized controlled trial. J Psychiatr. Res. 138:456-62.
Arendt F. (2020). The opioid-overdose crisis and fentanyl: The role of online information seeking via internet search engines. Health Communication. Advance Online Publication.
Arendt F, Markiewitz A, Mestas M, Scherr S. (2020). COVID-19 pandemic, government responses, and public mental health: Investigating consequences through crisis hotline calls in two countries. Social Science & Medicine, 265, 113532. Advance Online Publication.
Braun M, Kirchner S, Leitgeb S, Niederkrotenthaler T, Till B. (2020). _SARS CoV-2: Mental Health in Österreich: Ausgewählte Ergebnisse_ [SARS CoV-2: Mental Health in Austria: Selected results]. Public Health Report, available from:
Kaleta M, Niederkrotenthaler T, Kautzky-Willer A, Klimek P. (2020). How Specialist Aftercare Impacts Long-Term Readmission Risks in Elderly Patients With Metabolic, Cardiac, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Cohort Study Using Administrative Data. JMIR Medical Informatics, 8(9), e18147. 10.2196/18147.
Niederkrotenthaler T, Gunnell D, Arensman E, Pirkis J, Appleby L, Hawton K, John A, Kapur N, Khan M, O’Connor RC, Platt S. (2020). Suicide Research, Prevention, and COVID-19. Crisis (Vol. 41, Issue 5, pp. 321–330). 10.1027/0227-5910/a000731.
Niederkrotenthaler T, Mittendorfer-Rutz E, Mehlum L, Qin P, Björkenstam E. (2020). Previous suicide attempt and subsequent risk of re-attempt and suicide: Are there differences in immigrant subgroups compared to Swedish-born individuals? Journal of Affective Disorders, 265, 263–271. 10.1016/j.jad.2020.01.013.
Niederkrotenthaler T, Mittendorfer-Rutz E, Saboonchi F, Helgesson M. (2020). The role of refugee status and mental disorders regarding subsequent labour market marginalisation: a register study from Sweden. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 55(6), 697–704. 10.1007/s00127-020-01842-8.
Seiler-Ramadas R, Grabovac I, Niederkrotenthaler T, Dorner TE. (2020). Adolescents’ Perspective on Their Sexual Knowledge and the Role of School in Addressing Emotions in Sex Education: An Exploratory Analysis of Two School Types in Austria. Journal of Sex Research, 57(9), 1180–1188. 10.1080/00224499.2020.1802644.
Smith L, Jackson SE, Vancampfort D, Jacob L, Firth J, Grabovac I, McDermott D, Yang L, López-Sánchez GF, Niederkrotenthaler T, Veronese N, Koyanagi A. (2020). Sexual behavior and suicide attempts among adolescents aged 12-15 years from 38 countries: A global perspective. Psychiatry Research, 287, 112564. 10.1016/j.psychres.2019.112564.
Till B, Arendt F, Zeiler M, Zechmeister-Koss I, Nowotny M, Fox A, Grabenhofer-Eggerth A. (2020). Forschungs- und Präventionsaspekte im Public Mental Health Bereich – Symposium der ÖGPH-Kompetenzgruppe Public Mental Health [Research and prevention ascpects in public mental health – symposium of the ÖGPH competence group public mental health]. Das Gesundheitswesen, 82, 445-446. (abstract).
Helgesson M, Wang M, Niederkrotenthaler T, Saboonchi F, Mittendorfer-Rutz E. (2019). Labour market marginalisation among refugees from different countries of birth: a prospective cohort study on refugees to Sweden. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 73(5), 407–415. 10.1136/jech-2018-211177.
World Health Organization (lead authors follow), Arensman E, Holland C, McTernan N, Reidenberg D, Niederkrotenthaler T, Pirkis J. (2019). Preventing suicide: A resource for filmmakers and others working onstage and screen. WHO Reference Number: [WHO/MSD/MER/19.4]( Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
Eisenwort B, Aslan H, Yesilyurt SN, Till B, Klier CM. (2018). Sprachentwicklung bei Kindern mit Migrationshintergrund und elterliches Vorlesen [Language acquisition in children with migration background and parental reading to children]. Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie 46(2), 99-106. 10.1024/1422-4917/a000500.
Eisenwort B, Felnhofer A, Klier C. (2018). Mehrsprachiges Aufwachsen und Sprachentwicklungsstörungen. Eine Übersichtsarbeit. Z für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie.1-9 10.1024/1422-4917/a000599.
Till B, Niederkrotenthaler T. (2018). Umgang mit eigenem Stress [Coping with own stress]. In U. Kunze & K. Wittmann (Eds.), Der Mensch in Umwelt, Familie und Gesellschaft (pp. 152-154). Vienna: Facultas.
Till B, Wild TA, Arendt F, Scherr S, Niederkrotenthaler T. (2018). Associations of tabloid newspaper use with endorsement of suicide myths, suicide-related knowledge, and stigmatizing attitudes toward suicidal individuals. Crisis – The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 39(6), 428-437. 10.1027/0227-5910/a000516.
Helgesson M, Tinghög P, Niederkrotenthaler T, Saboonchi F, Mittendorfer-Rutz E. (2017). Labour-market marginalisation after mental disorders among young natives and immigrants living in Sweden. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 593. 10.1186/s12889-017-4504-4.
Mayrhuber EAS, Niederkrotenthaler T, Kutalek R. (2017). “We are survivors and not a virus:” Content analysis of media reporting on Ebola survivors in Liberia. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11(8), e0005845. 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005845.
Till B, Tran US, Niederkrotenthaler T. (2017). “Relationship satisfaction and risk factors for suicide”: Correction to Till et al., 2016. Crisis, 38(1), 63-63. 10.1027/0227-5910/a000437.
Till B, Tran US, Niederkrotenthaler T. (2017). Relationship satisfaction and risk factors for suicide. Crisis – The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 38(1), 7-16. 10.1027/0227-5910/a000407.
Willinger U, Schmoeger M, Deckert M, Eisenwort B, Loader B, Hofmair A, Auff E. (2017). Screening for specific language impairment in preschool children: evaluating a screening procedure including the Token Test. J Psycholinguist Res 46, 123-1247. 10.1007/s10936-017-9493-z.
Arendt F, Karsay K, Soffried T. (2016). Werbung mit idealisierten Körperdarstellungen: Effekte auf die Unzufriedenheit mit dem eigenen Körper und die Ablehnung von Schönheitsoperationen. Medien Journal, 40(1), 29-42.
Niederkrotenthaler T, Tinghög P, Goldman-Mellor S, Wilcox HC, Gould M, Mittendorfer-Rutz E. (2016). Medical and Social Determinants of Subsequent Labour Market Marginalization in Young Hospitalized Suicide Attempters. PloS One, 11(1), e0146130. 10.1371/journal.pone.0146130.
Sonneck G. (2016). Aktionsplan zur umfassenden Suizidprävention. In: Sonneck G, Kapusta N, Tomandl G & Voracek M (Hg.), Krisenintervention und Suizidverhütung, 3. Auflage. Facultas, Wien.
Till B. (2016). Eberhard Hauschildt / Bernd D. Blömeke: Telefonseelsorge interdisziplinär [Eberhard Hauschildt / Bernd Blömeke: Telephone emergency services interdisciplinary]. Suizidprophylaxe, 43(3), 106. (book review).
Till B, Truong F, Mar RA, Niederkrotenthaler T. (2016). Blurred world view: A study on the relationship between television viewing and the perception of the justice system. Death Studies, 40(9), 538-546. 10.1080/07481187.2016.1186761.
Dervic K, Garcia-Amador M, Sudol K, Freed P, Brent DA, Mann JJ, Harkavy-Friedman JM, Oquendo MA. (2015). Bipolar I and II versus unipolar depression: clinical differences and impulsivity/aggression traits. European Psychiatry, 30(1):106-13.
Till B, Stein C, Niederkrotenthaler T. (2015). Suizidrisiko steigt mit dem Alter stark an [Suicide risk increases strongly with age]. Ärzte Krone, 9, 22-24.
Eisenwort B, Till B, Hinterbuchinger B, Niederkrotenthaler T. (2014). Sociable, mentally disturbed women and angry, rejected men: Cultural scripts for the suicidal behavior of women and men in the Austrian print media. Sex Roles, 71(5), 246-260. 10.1007/s11199-014-0395-3.
Niederkrotenthaler T, Parker EM, Ovalle F, Noe RS, Bell J, Xu L, Morrison MA, Mertzlufft CE, Sugerman DE. (2013). Injuries and post-traumatic stress following historic tornados: Alabama, April 2011. PloS One, 8(12), e83038. 10.1371/journal.pone.0083038.
Niederkrotenthaler T, Till B, Eisenwort B, Pusswald G. (2013). Assessment von Demenz und Depression [Assessment of Dementia and Depression]. In: T. E. Dorner (Ed.), Public Health. Von den Gesundheitsbedürfnissen der Gesellschaft zu klinischen Implikationen (p. 300-307). Vienna: Facultas.
Niederkrotenthaler T, Xu L, Parks SE, Sugerman DE. (2013). Descriptive factors of abusive head trauma in young children–United States, 2000-2009. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(7), 446–455. 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.02.002.
Till B (Co-author). (2012). Suizid – Klischee und Wirklichkeit [Suicide – cliché and reality]. In G. Sonneck, N. Kapusta, G. Tomandl & M. Voracek (Eds.), Krisenintervention und Suizidverhütung (pp. 256-288). Vienna: Facultas.
Till B, Vitouch P. (2012). Capital punishment in films: The impact of death penalty portrayals on viewers’ mood and attitude towards capital punishment. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 24(3), 387-399. 10.1093/ijpor/edr051.
Carballo JJ, Munoz-Lorenzo L, Blasco-Fontecilla H, Lopez-Castroman J, Garcia-Nieto R, Dervic K, Oquendo MA, Baca-Garcia E. (2011). Continuity of depressive disorders from childhood and adolescence to adulthood. A naturalistic study in Community Mental Health Centers. The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders, 13(5) pii: PCC.11m01150.
Dervic K, Lenz G, Friedrich MH. (2010). Research skills training for child psychiatry residents. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 19(5):469-70.
Eisenwort B, Schlanitz F, Niederkrotenthaler T. (2010). [Hearing impairment : successful communication as the main source of positive experiences]. HNO, 58(5), 459–464. 10.1007/s00106-009-2055-4.
Huemer J, Karnik N, Völkl-Kernstock S, Granditsch E, Dervic K, Friedrich MH, Steiner H. (2009). Mental health issues in unaccompanied refugee minors. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 3(1):13.
Klier CM, Muzik M, Dervic K, Mossaheb N, Benesch T, Ulm B, Zeller M. (2007). The role of estrogen and progesterone in depression after birth. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 41(3-4):273-9.