The winter edition newsletter for the eMEN e-mental health project. Read More
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.
1 Van der Boechorststraat
Interapy Nederland B.V.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN)
27 B Reinhardtstraße
Landschaftsverband Rheinland - Institut für Versorgungsforschung
2 Bergische Landstraße
Mental Health Foundation
1 Colechurch House (London Bridge Walk)
EPSM Lille Métropole
1123211 rue Roger Salengro
Thomas More University College
Pulso Europe CVBA
Mental Health Reform
Coleraine House Coleraine Street
|Stichting Arq||Oyono Vlijter||
|Stichting VU-VUmc||Heleen Riperfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|Interapy Nederland B.V.||Bart Schriekenemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN)||Astrid Ramgefirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Landschaftsverband Rheinland - Institut für Versorgungsforschung||Jürgen Zielasekemail@example.com||Germany|
|Mental Health Foundation||Iris Elliottfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|EPSM Lille Métropole||Simon Vasseur-Bacleemail@example.com||France|
|Thomas More University College||Lieven De Maesschalckfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|Pulso Europe CVBA||Fran Timmersemail@example.com||Belgium|
|Mental Health Reform||Shari McDaidfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ireland|
The autumn edition newsletter for the eMEN e-mental health project. Read More
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The first of our regular updates on the project. Read More
eMEN partners from the Netherlands visited several locations of Ireland's Health Service Executive. Read More
Answering questions about the product quality, ethics and deontology of online therapies and applications for mental health.
Topics for the first Ireland eMEN conference include innovation, social media and suicide prevention.
The first eMEN event in Germany.
Amsterdam Seminar, 11th July 2017
This first eMEN seminar in the Netherlands focused on the practical implementation process.
Paris Seminar; 13th June 2017
Seminar organised by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health.
This seminar brought together UK and international experts to discuss how digital technology can support mental health. It will address the challenges of ensuring equitable access to e-mental health.
The launch conference for our new transnational e-mental health project took place in Belgium in February 2017.
This showcase outlines the selected products of which we think have great potential, even greater benefits and low(er) costs if implemented well. That’s where eMEN helps, guiding you towards successful implementation.
Promoting e-mental health with product development and implementation pilots:
- EMDapp: EMDR 'game' therapy for people with PTSD.
- Mindwise: Online therapy for primary care, anxiety and depression.
- MIRROR: Self test after experiencing a distressing event (PTSD).
- Moodbuster: Online treatment for people with depression.
- SAM app: Self help app for anxiety management.
- SAM screener: Screener on possible PTSD symptoms.
- Pesky gNATS: Cognitive behavioural therapy game for children (depression).
- STOPBLUES: Depression/suicide prevention intervention for the general population.
E-mental health implementation challenges
- Product quality: clinical effectiveness, costs effective evaluation, privacy, CE compliance, 'look & feel'.
- Cooperation with SMEs (co-creation).
- Awareness and acceptance.
- Organisational priority.
- Digital skills.
- High start-up costs.
- Reimbursement systems.
- Fragmented legal and policy framework.
- Training and curricula development.
- Technical infrastructure and interoperability.
- Lack of ('blended care') implementation protocols.
- Future integration with digital healthcare systems.
- Agreement on definitions (transparency, reliability, validity etc.)
More information about the eMEN platform will follow shortly. If you want to participate in our eMEN events, please sign up for our mailing list by contacting Oyono Vlijter on email@example.com.
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.
Oyono has been working as an EU funding consultant and project manager since 1999.
Through his work for the Enterprise Europe Network and the European Regional Affairs Consultants B.V., Oyono has developed specific expertise in the field of product innovation, EU project management and international cooperation.
He has also advanced Dutch and EU funded projects in the field of industry, healthcare, education and culture, and has implemented EU funded project missions in EU Member States and the Caribbean.
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 both International Relations (University of Utrecht) and 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 is responsible for online psychosocial support & care and runs e-mental health projects as a project leader.
He studied for a Masters Degree in History, specifically political history, at University of Utrecht and went on to study an additional Masters Degree in Public Information Management at the TIAS School for Business and Society.
On the eMEN project, Corné is an E-mental Health Advisor
Manon is a neuropsychologist and is currently head of the screening and diagnostics programme at Arq.
She is currently working on the 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 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.
Miranda Olff is a professor in the field of psychotrauma.
Her research has focused on the psychological and biological responses to traumatic stress and (early) interventions including the effects of debriefing, early trauma interventions, and 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 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). She was also 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.
Anna-Linde has a central role in the eMEN project with regard to product development.
Anna-Linde is working as e-health consultant for Arq. She has a central role in the eMEN project with regard to product development.
She will be working on developing e-mental health products and advising on e-mental health implementations.
Anna-Linde has a master’s degree in European Studies (University of Amsterdam) and started her career as a consultant in the public sector. In the past, she has been working as product manager for Mirro, a Dutch foundation that helps to strengthen the mental health of consumers and patients.
In her role as lead product manager, she was responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of new e-mental health interventions.
Elice studied Communication Management in Amsterdam and is responsable for communication for eMEN in the Netherlands.
As part of the international communications working group she works together with all the partner countries to get the most out of the local efforts. Prior to her work for Arq she worked as a freelancer in marketing and communications.
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.
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.
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 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.
Heleen Riper is Professor of eMental-Health, at the VU University Amsterdam at the Department of Clinical Neuro- & Developmental Psychology; Honorary Professor at the Telepsychiatric Center and Institute of Clinical Research, at the University of Southern Denmark; and Senior Researcher at the GGZinGeest (The Netherlands).
Her national and European research is focused on the development, (cost-)effectiveness and implementation of innovative new media interventions for common mental health disorders. This is expressed in over 40 large National and European research projects and over 100 national and international (co) authored publications on eMental-health. She has supervised 19 phD students and is also an invited speaker on these topics at (inter)national scientific and professional conferences.
She is a board member and past president of the International Society (ISRII) for Research on Internet Interventions, founder and chair of the Dutch ISRII (NSRII) and co-founded the European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ESRII).
Heleen Riper has worked for a decade at the Trimbos Institute as Director of the Program of Early Intervention and the Innovation Centre of Mental-Health and Technology. She also chaired the Centre of Prevention. Before this period she worked at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Limerick (Republic of Ireland).
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 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'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 has a master's degree in Industrial Sciences in Electronics and has a postgraduate degree in Relation and Communication sciences.
He worked both in academic and industrial research environments. As a Thomas More University College researcher, he performs research in the domain of detecting behavioral changes with older people. He is doing his doctoral studies in this topic at the Catholic University of Leuven at the Computer Sciences Department.
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 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.
Marijke has been project support in several European projects since 2012.
She provides assistance in financial reporting and communications, as well as office management.
Karolien Baldewijns is a registered nurse with a master's in medical and social sciences.
As a Thomas More University college researcher, she performs research in the domain of qualitative elderly care. She is doing her doctoral studies in this topic in the cardiology department at the University of Maastricht.
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.
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 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 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) and 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 and has a strong track-record in developing e-mental health tools within different contexts. 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 master's degrees in clinical psychology and work and organisational psychology.
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.
Jean-Luc is a psychiatrist and Director of WHOCC.
He is Supervisor on the eMEN project.
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.
Alain is the WHOCC’s Communication Manager.
He leads communications on the eMEN project.
Bianca is project coordinator, responsible for eMEN at the WHO Collaborating Centre-EPSM Lille Métropole.
Bianca holds a Master's degree in Public Health. Before joining EPSM in 2016, she previously worked on evaluation of public health policies
Jean-Marie is a Medical Consultant for hospital IT strategies.
He studied Medicine, specialising in Psychiatry, at Université de Limoges.
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.
Kristina holds a diploma in psychology and is currently being trained as a cognitive behavioral therapist.
At the eMEN project she is involved in all working packages.
Before Kristina started at the DGPPN for the eMEN project, she was involved in project organization in neurocognitive research.
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 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.
Wolfgang is Professor of Psychiatry and psychotherapy, former Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf and Medical Director of the LVR-Klinikum Düsseldorf. He is Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Quality Assurance and Empowerment in Mental Health. From 2014 to 2016, he was also Founding Director of the LVR-Institute for Mental Healthcare Research (LVR-IVF).
He is Past President of the European Psychiatry Association (EPA), Past President of the German Society of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, and Psychotherapy (DGPPN) and Chairman of the Aktionsbündnis für Seelische Gesundheit (ABSG).
A psychiatrist and neurologist 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.
For the eMEN project, he is the leader of work package WP.T2 'Transnational policy solution for e-mental health implementation' on behalf of LVR-IVF.
Jürgen is scientific coordinator of the LVR-Institute for Mental Healthcare Reseach (LVR-IVF).
Nadine works as a research associate at LVR-IVF. In the eMEN project, her main responsibility is the development and coordination of the transnational policy solution.
She holds a master’s degree in Health Education and Promotion (MSc) and a bachelor’s degree in European Public Health (BSc). Prior to joining the eMEN project, Nadine gathered experience in health research within the Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine Research Group at Curtin University, and gained some practical insights into health management at a regional Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Sandra works as a research associate at LVR-IVF. In the eMEN project, her main responsibility is the development and coordination of the transnational policy solution.
With a bachelor´s degree in health economics and management (BSc) and a master´s degree in Health Care Policy, Innovation and Management (MSc), Sandra gained experience in a European project related to market access for medical devices and pharmaceuticals before joining the eMEN project.
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.
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 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 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 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.