e-mental health innovation and transnational implementation platform North West Europe (eMEN)


To enhance innovation performance of enterprises throughout NWE regions

Project Summary

Each year almost 165 million, or 38%, of people in the EU experience a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety. Mental ill health presents a huge and growing economic and social burden for society, accounting for 20% of the disease burden.

Innovative and high-quality e-mental health plays an important role in tackling this societal challenge. However, due to specific challenges, there are large regional differences with regard to the use of e-mental health products, for prevention and treatment.

The average use across the Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Belgium and Ireland is now 8%, which is low compared to other healthcare sectors; with the lowest use in FR (less than 1%) and the highest in the Netherlands (15%). Unmet needs are also high, with an EU average of 6.8%. At the end of the project, the average use of e-mental health products will have increased by 7%, to 15%. This directly contributes to the region’s economic performance and innovation capacity: reducing healthcare costs, better care and access to prevention and treatment and increased growth of eHealth SMEs.

In order to realise this change, a first-of-its-kind, EU-wide platform for e-mental health innovation and implementation will be formed by private and public partners in North West Europe. Project partners are key stakeholders in the field of e-mental health and have a broad EU network.

Main project outputs:

  • At least 15 SMEs supported
  • 5 e-mental health products developed
  • 1 quality-test method
  • 1 transnational policy solution.
  • Five years after the project ends, the average use of e-mental health products in all partner countries combined will have increased to at least 25% (with more than 40% in the Netherlands and more than 10% in FR).
  • An average reduction of unmet needs: up to 2%.
  • Ten years after the project ends, the average e-mental health use have will increased to about 60%, with an average reduction of unmet needs of up to 4%.
  • During this period a growth of 5-10% of e-Health SMEs is expected and mental health costs savings of up to 10% in NWE.

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Project Partners

  • Stichting VU-VUmc

    1 Van der Boechorststraat
    Amsterdam
    1081 BT
    Netherlands

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  • Interapy Nederland B.V.

    21 Kabelweg
    Amsterdam
    1014 BA
    Netherlands

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  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN)

    27 B Reinhardtstraße
    Berlin
    10117
    Germany

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  • Landschaftsverband Rheinland - Institut für Versorgungsforschung

    2 Bergische Landstraße
    Düsseldorf
    D-40629
    Germany

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  • Mental Health Foundation

    1 Colechurch House (London Bridge Walk)
    London
    SE1 2SX
    United Kingdom

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  • EPSM Lille Métropole

    1123211 rue Roger Salengro
    Hellemmes
    59260
    France

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  • Thomas More University College

    4 Kleinhoefstraat
    Geel
    2440
    Belgium

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  • ISW Limits N.V.

    52 Diestsesteenweg
    Kessel-Lo
    3010
    Belgium

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  • Mental Health Reform

    Coleraine House Coleraine Street
    Dublin
    Dublin 7
    Ireland

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  • Stichting Arq

    5 Nienoord
    Diemen
    1112 XE
    Netherlands

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Stichting Arq 5 Nienoord
Diemen
1112 XE
Netherlands
o.vlijter@arq.org www.arq.org
Name Email Country
Stichting VU-VUmc h.riper@vu.nl Netherlands
Interapy Nederland B.V. schrieken@interapy.nl Netherlands
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN) ramge@seelischegesundheit.net Germany
Landschaftsverband Rheinland - Institut für Versorgungsforschung juergen.zielasek@lvr.de Germany
Mental Health Foundation ielliott@mentalhealth.org.uk United Kingdom
EPSM Lille Métropole svasseurbacle@epsm-lm.fr France
Thomas More University College lieven.demaesschalck@thomasmore.be Belgium
ISW Limits N.V. fran.timmers@iswlimits.be Belgium
Mental Health Reform smcdaid@mentalhealthreform.ie Ireland

Events



The eMEN team consists of a range of mental health experts across North West Europe.

Arq Foundation - Lead Partner (Netherlands)

Arq Foundation is a mental health treatment, knowledge and training centre, which focuses on the impact of overwhelming events and psychotrauma (PTSD). Each of the 9 partners of the Arq group is an expert in its own field, with a broad international network. The Arq group has 375 staff and a turn over of €31 million.

Arq is a leading national treatment and expertise center for psychotrauma and has many years of international experience in this field. It closely cooperates with a number of international stakeholders. Since 2009 Arq has been active in the field of e-mental health research, development and implementation. It has developed a leading position in the field of e-mental health treatment for psychotrauma.

Arq's team:

Oyono Vlijter - Project Lead
Oyono Vlijter

Oyono has been working as an EU funding consultant and project manager since 1999.

Through his work for the Enterprise Europe Network (i.e. the main business support network of the European Commission) and the European Regional Affairs Consultants B.V., he has developed specific expertise in the field of product innovation, EU project management and international cooperation. He has developed Dutch and EU funded projects in the field of industry, healthcare, education and culture.

Oyono has implemented EU funded project missions in EU Member States and in the Caribbean (e.g. Suriname, Belize, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Curaçao).

Since 2009, Oyono has also been actively involved in developing and implementing Dutch and EU-funded e-mental health projects for Arq Foundation, a specialised psycho trauma treatment and research center. These projects are implemented with eHealth and gaminig SMEs, mental health treatment centers, universities and other stakeholders.

Oyono has a master's degrees in International Relations (University of Utrecht) and a master’s degree in European Studies on Science and Technology (University of Maastricht). He has also studied at the University of Florida (USA) and the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg (FR).

Corné Versluis

Corné he is responsible for online psychosocial support & care and runs e-mental health projects as a project leader.

He is an e-mental health advisor on the eMEN project. He has studied history and public information management.

Manon Boeschoten

Manon is a neuropsychologist and currently head of the screening and diagnostics programme at Arq.

She is working on research and development of state-of-the-art and innovative diagnostic tools in the field of psychotrauma.

Manon has worked as a clinical application specialist with a neuro technology company and has played a key role in a number of research and development projects with international research institutes and treatment centers in the field of psychiatry and psychology.

On the eMEN project, Manon is working as an e-mental health product developer.

Barbara de Groot

Barbara works for Impact, partner in Arq, as a secretary / project assistant.

She has assisted in several EU projects in which Impact was partnered with an international consortium. In the eMEN project she will be working as the project assistant for Arq.

Professor Miranda Olff

Miranda Olff is a professor in the field of psychotrauma.

Her major areas of research have focused on the psychological and biological responses to traumatic stress and (early) interventions. Her research includes the effects of debriefing, of early trauma interventions, and of different forms of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in PTSD patients.

Further research includes neuroimaging and neuroendocrine studies of PTSD; the effects of therapy on neurobiological variables; the psychopathology of injured patients admitted to the trauma unit, disaster related research, epidemiological surveys on trauma and PTSD, gender differences in PTSD, the impact of threat and personal protection on politicians, and (co-ordination of) large EU-funded projects on post-disaster psychosocial care all over Europe.

Two large EU projects which Miranda has been a key part of address online and m-health applications for dealing with adversity or major disasters. Mobile apps (for screening, assessment and support after trauma) and e-learning tools are currently being investigated.

Reina Fennema

Reina is a psychologist and is currently implementing e-health at Arq.

Prior to her work for Arq she was an e-health product manager at Antes (a Dutch mental health care group), contributing to improving an e-mental health platform (EMHP) and was involved in the development and testing of new e-health interventions and applications.

Apart from her work for the mental health sector, she has experience working with the development, testing and implementation of digital services for UWV (Employee Insurance Agency) and with the hands-on coaching of clients via these services.

On the eMEN project, Reina is working as an e-mental health product developer.

Nannette Mathyi

Nannette is a psychologist currently working on the development and implementation of e-mental health in the mental health care industry in the Netherlands.

She also has a central role in a research project into the effectiveness of e-mental health products.

Nannette has several years of experience as a clinical product developer for psychological assessments.

On the Men project, Nannette will be working on developing e-mental health products.

Interapy PLC (Netherlands)

Interapy is the first health institute specialised in the online treatment of mental disorders worldwide. The organisation stems from a research group at the University of Amsterdam. Interapy did extensive controlled and naturalistic research on effective online treatment methods, resulting in the implementation of evidence-based e-health for post-traumatic stress, depression, panic disorder, work related stress and eating disorders.

Since 2001, Interapy has a team of trained psychologists treating clients from the general public, was recognised by the Dutch ministry of health as a mental health institution and treatments are reimbursed by the Dutch health insurance.

Interapy works together with several national and international institutes on development, research and implementation of e-mental health.

Interapy's team:

Dr Bart Schrieken

Bart is Clinical Director at Interapy and was one of the founders of the organisation in 2001.

He has a background in clinical research and has been active in e-health development and research since as far back as 1996.

At Interapy he has led the development team that designed evidence-based e-health for treatments of specific mental disorders. Additionally, he has played an important role in the implementation of e-mental health in Holland and abroad.

Recently he has been active in several national and international projects sharing his knowledge on the design and implementation of effective e-mental health.

Dr Janneke Broeksteeg

Janneke is senior e-health developer at Interapy and a trained psychotherapist.

Since 2003 she has been working on content design of e-mental health applications. She had a key role in the development of evidence-based online treatments for mental disorders ranging from work-related stress to panic disorder, depression and eating disorders.

At Interapy she also works on health communication and is editor of the Interapy website.

Maurice Hidajat

Maurice Hidajat is a trained computer engineer and senior system architect at Interapy.

He is responsible for the functional and software design of interactive treatment and diagnostic applications. His goal is to create software with a positive user experience, leading to increased efficiency, without sacrificing quality.

Maurice has done extensive work in the field of medical software design and medical research, designing and implementing software for automation of clinical trials, which were used in several Europe-wide clinical (imaging) trials.

VU University (Netherlands)

The VU-VUmc is a state-funded University with over 26,000 students and over 2,000 academic staff. The clinical psychology department is one of the leading international research groups in e-health for mental disorders and behavioural health worldwide.

VU established the Triple-E network in 2013, an e-health research network with over 25 partners in the Netherlands, and 1 EU organisation (ESRII), for promoting the cost effectiveness of mental health care delivery by using innovative digital technologies.

VU's team:

Professor Heleen Riper

Dr Annet Kleiboer

Annet is associate professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at VU University.

Her research is focused on developing, optimising, and testing the effects of self-help interventions for common mental health disorders.

Annet is involved in several national and international projects in this area and currently supervises six PhD students as well as teaching courses on randomised controlled trials and low-intensity treatments.

Marleen Swenne

Marleen is a communications professional.

She studied Dutch language & literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam and later studied graphic design at the Royal Academy in The Hague.

Marleen worked as a writer, communication officer and production manager for theatre productions and other events and as a communication officer at the Dutch HIV Association and the NPCF (Dutch Patients Federation).

She is also an independent writer, editor and graphic designer for several projects and organisations.

Thomas More University College (Belgium)

Thomas More is the largest university college in Flanders with over 15,000 students and over 1,400 staff. Two centres of expertise are working in close collaboration on the eMEN project: Mobilab and the expertise unit on Psychology, Technology and Society (PsyTS).

Mobilab is a multidisciplinary centre within a broad national and international network conducting leading and innovative applied research into wellbeing and technology. The research activities create a socially relevant synergy between research, education and practice, aimed at improving quality of life and wellbeing. Mobilab has acquired expertise in a variety of domains such as biomedical technology, computer simulation, design and construction of biomechanical and biomedical systems and footwear technology.

The expertise unit on PsyTS conducts research in the field of psychology and technology, social psychology and environmental psychology. Within the field of psychology and technology, the unit strongly focuses on the interaction between both domains, in particular within the context of mental healthcare and in human-technology interactions. The expertise unit has a strong network of strategic national and international academic partners and of local SMEs in the field of (mental) healthcare.

Thomas More's team:

Bert Bonroy

Bert's research interests lie in the field biomedical engineering.

He obtained his PhD in Engineering Technology in 2015 at the KU Leuven in collaboration with Thomas More Kempen University College.

Marc Mertens

Tom Vandaele

Tom Van Daele is a researcher and PsyTS of Thomas More University College and a research fellow at KU Leuven, working in the field of applied psychology and technology.

As a registered psychologist, he is particularly interested in e-mental health, m-health and their relevance to mental healthcare and (mental) health prevention and promotion.

Eva Van Assche

Eva is an experimental and cognitive psychologist who obtained her PhD in psychology in 2009.

She has been working as guest professor and as a researcher with a focus on quantitative research. 

ISW Eupora (Belgium)

ISW Europa is a social enterprise, delivering innovative evidence-based tools and services for assessing and impacting psychosocial wellbeing. Areas of expertise include wellbeing strategic consultancy and project development, employee assistance programmes, wellbeing and engagement surveys, wellbeing training and coaching, and self-assessment & e-mental health tools for the general public and businesses.

As a Leuven University partner, ISW collaborates with the academic community to stay informed about the latest scientific insights. With 30 permanent employees (trainers, consultants, coaches, researchers and psychologists) and a network of over a 100 freelance psychologists, therapists and coaches, it adds value to customers by delivering an integrated approach to prevention and wellbeing.

ISW's team:

Fran Timmers

Fran is a work and organisational psychologist and has been an account manager ISW since 2012.

Fran is an expert in developing online applications and tools that help individuals to improve their psychosocial wellbeing.

Her experience includes providing wellbeing training, managing employee assistance programmes and working on a large-scale project aimed at developing online healthcare diaries.

On the eMEN project, Fran will take the role of project coordinator and SPOC.

Jan Houben

Jan is a researcher and project manager at ISW.

His main professional interest focuses on facilitating organisations in engaging their employees and making them more resilient.

Jan has vast experience in the domain of workplace wellbeing. He supports organisations in the development of their policy on wellbeing by performing psychosocial risk analyses (or wellbeing surveys).

Jan has a master's degree in work and organisational psychology and in the eMEN project, he will take the role of project assistant.

Anke Luts

Anke is a senior manager at ISW.

She provides individual support and coaching as well as group training on psychosocial risks at work (stress, assertiveness and conflict mediation).

Anke has great experience with team coaching and facilitating psychosocial risk analysis and e-mental health.

She has project managed a number of e-mental health projects related to depression. She implemented an e-mental health tool about depression for cancer patients and developed an online portal 'job and care coaching' for a better reintegration after depression/burnout. Anke has a strong track-record in implementing e-mental health tools within different contexts.

Anke has master's degrees in clinical psychology and work and organisational psychology.

EPSM (France)

EPSM's mission is to care for mental health disorders, providing regional mental health services in the Lille metropole, for prevention, diagnosis and care, for adults and children. EPSM has a broad regional, national and international network and has 10 offices in the metropole region of Lille.

The World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for Research and Training in Mental Health is one of the 46 WHO Collaborating Centres (the only one in France, and one of the four French speaking centres). The WHOCC involves a partnership of hospitals, research centres and universities. It is part of the applied research team in mental health ERASM (Equipe de recherche appliquée en santé mentale) and the Inserm (National Institute of Health and Scientific Research) "Clinical epidemiology and economic evaluation and vulnerable populations" Unit. It partners with the 15-organisation Health Care Cooperation Consortium for Research and Training in Mental Health.

Its multi-annual programme includes activity on: community mental health services, technical assistance to French speaking countries to implement mental health local councils, empowerment of service users and carers using WHO’s QualityRights Tool Kit, promotion of peer support, revision of ICD-10 in French speaking countries, and addressing mental and physical health co-morbidities.

EPSM's team:

Dr Jean-Luc Roelandt

Jean-Luc is a psychiatrist and Director of WHOCC. He is Supervisor on the eMEN project.

Sofian Berrouiguet

Sofian is a psychiatrist at the Regional University Hospital of Brest.

He is an e-mental health expert, specializing suicide prevention and depression. He is an expert on the eMEN project.

Simon Vasseur-Bacle

Simon is a clinical psychologist and Project Manager at WHOCC for Empowerment and Users Rights. He is an expert in mental health on the eMEN project.

Alain Dannet

Alain is the WHOCC’s Communication Manager. He leads communications on the eMEN project.

DGPPN-ABSG (Germany)

The DGPPN is the largest medical association for issues related to mental illness in Germany. It combines the expertise of 9,000 doctors and scientists specialised in psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatics who work in university departments, hospitals, outpatient practices and in research.

The DGPPN campaigns for optimal medical care of patients with mental illness. It develops clinical practice guidelines, promotes training and continuing education and is engaged in research into mental illnesses to advance the development of diagnostics and therapy.

The main focus is thereby on the holistic perspective of people and all their individual mental, physical and social facets. The DGPPN works actively for the inclusion of people with mental illness and against their stigmatisation.

DGPPN's team:

Julia Sander

Julia Sander is project coordinator, responsible for eMEN at the DGPPN.

Before joining the DGPPN in October 2016 she was research associate at the Freie Universität Berlin, and at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).

Julia holds a Master in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology (MSc).
Currently, she is finishing her dissertation.

Gabriel Gerlinger

Gabriel Gerlinger is head of public affairs and science at the DGPPN.

He is member of the council of the Foundation for Mental Health in Germany.

His main policy and research interests include human rights, stigma, and the implementation of online-based interventions into the German health care system.

Gabriel holds a Diploma (equiv. Msc) in Psychology and a MA in History and Philosophy.

LVR-IVF (Germany)

LVR provides a broad range of community services for about 9.4 million people in the Rhineland region. The LVR-Institute for Healthcare Research - lead by Professor Wolfgang Gaebel, who is also President of the European Psychiatric Association/EPA - is specialised in mental healthcare research and participates in EPA Guidance Projects.

LVR-IVF also collaborates with the WHO Collaborating Center for Quality Assurance and Empowerment in Mental Healthcare at LVR-Klinikum Düsseldorf.

LVR's team:

Professor Wolfgang Gaebel

Wolfgang is Medical Director of the LVR Klinikum Düsseldorf, Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the LVR Klinikum Düsseldorf and Director of the LVR-Institute of Healthcare Research.

He is President of the European Psychiatric Association, a member of the Board of the DGPPN and Director of the Aktionsbündnis für Seelische Gesundheit.

For the eMEN project, he will be the project coordinator for LVR.

A neurologist and psychiatrist by training, Wolfgang has more than 30 years' experience in co-ordinating national and international research projects. His research focus is on the development of quality standards in mental healthcare such as guidelines and quality indicators, the classification of mental disorders and the etiopathogenesis of psychotic disorders.

Jürgen Zielasek

Marina Otten

Mental Health Reform (Ireland)

Mental Health Reform (MHR) aims to be the unifying voice that drives progressive reform of mental health support in Ireland.

MHR is the national coalition in Ireland promoting better mental health services and social inclusion of people with mental health difficulties. They were formed in 2006 and now have more than 50 member organisations representing a range of interests such as human rights, disability, children’s rights and housing, and more than 10,000 individual supporters connected through social media.

MHR conducts research, consults with stakeholders, develops good practice advice, informs policymakers and public agencies, and mobilises supporters to advocate for change.

Dr Shari McDaid

Shari is Director of Mental Health Reform.

She is the Chairperson of the Children’s Mental Health Coalition and a member of the Healthy Ireland Council. In July 2016 she was appointed to the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health by the Minister with responsibility for mental health, Helen McEntee.

Before joining MHR in 2011, Shari worked with Amnesty International Ireland, the National Disability Authority, Shine.

Shari received her PhD in 2008 from the Equality Studies Centre at UCD, with a thesis entitled Power, Empowerment and User Involvement in the Public Mental Health Services in Ireland.

Ray Burke

Ray joined Mental Health Reform as Communications and Information Executive in February 2016.

He has previously worked in policy for the Disability Federation of Ireland on a project aiming to foster better connections between local groups for people with disabilities.

Ray spent 4 years working in community development in south-west inner-city Dublin, leading a number of training and development programmes in the areas of literacy, numeracy and ICT use.

Ray has also worked as a research assistant on a number of needs analysis projects in inner-city areas.

Mental Health Foundation (UK)

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading public mental health charity with a strong focus on addressing mental health inequalities.

The Foundation has championed the centrality of the voices of people with lived experience of mental health problems, and from disadvantaged and seldom-heard groups.

Its vision is for a world with good mental health for all; and its mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.

Working across the UK with offices in England, Scotland and Wales, the Foundation integrates activities in the domains of research, policy, programme innovation, and public information and campaigns. It has been a longstanding advocate for digital mental health and has an online mindfulness programme BeMindful.

Iris Elliott

Iris leads the Mental Health Foundation's policy and research work across the UK and with international partners.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in recognition of her "exceptional and longstanding commitment to improving public mental health in the UK and Ireland".

Her policy and research interests include realising human rights and equity in everyday life, and creating trauma-informed places (communities and services).

Iris previously worked in a variety of roles related to mental health, including social work, innovation and policy advising.

Iris holds a PhD in sociology, MA in public culture studies and MSc in health promotion.

Stuart Hill

Stuart oversees all the Mental Health Foundation's digital outputs, primarily on their website and social media.

He is involved in the planning, production and delivery of digital content and project manages longer-term developments to the website.

Before joining the Foundation, Stuart worked for The King’s Fund health care think tank, working on a wide range of digital outputs. He has a degree in politics and a master's in web journalism.

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