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Media and Mental Health Initiative

Why is TEMPOS an important tool for media professionals?

TEMPOS is the first tool that allows media professionals, public health officials, researchers, and suicide prevention experts to assess adherence to the recommended reporting guidelines with a user- friendly, standardized rating scale. The scale can be used to monitor changes in reporting over time and how reporting varies across articles, authors, and publications.

Journalist and Media Professional Training

We provide hands-on, skill-building workshops using TEMPOS for journalists, student journalists and media professionals on how to minimize potential harms in reporting on suicide through a public health framework. If you are interested in learning more about our training and how we can customize it to your members, please contact us for a free consultation at mediamhinfo@stanford.edu.


TEMPOS was developed through a collaboration with the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department’s Suicide Prevention Program and the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Media and Mental Health Initiative. The team is grateful to the many suicide prevention experts and media professionals who reviewed and offered improvements to the tool during its development, including:

Gabrielle Glaser
New York Times bestselling author
Investigative journalist

Madelyn S. Gould, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Irving Philips Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Elena Kadvany
Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Scott MacLeod
Co-Founder, The Sophie Fund
Former Correspondent and Bureau Chief for TIME magazine
Former Professor of Practice, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
American University in Cairo

Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Health
Head of the Suicide Research & Mental Health Promotion Unit
Medical University of Vienna

Jane Pirkis, Ph.D.
Professor of Mental Health
Director of the Centre for Mental Health
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
University of Melbourne

Daniel J. Reidenberg, Psy.D., FAPA
Executive Director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (Save)
Managing Director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention

Robert Salonga
Criminal Justice and Public Safety Reporter, The Mercury News