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.
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:
New York Times bestselling author
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
Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
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
Criminal Justice and Public Safety Reporter, The Mercury News