Each year, almost 165 million people in the EU (38%) experience a mental health condition. By 2030, depressive disorders are expected to become the leading cause of disability in high-income countries.
In North-West Europe (NWE), while demand for mental health care has increased in recent years, many people who suffer from mental disorders still do not receive timely and adequate treatment. With governments promoting more self-management when it comes to one’s own health, digital solutions can contribute to keeping mental health services accessible and affordable for everyone, especially in times of economic austerity. Yet, implementation remains a challenge due to a lack of awareness and confidence in e-solutions (causes include questionable product quality, privacy issues) and insufficient multidisciplinary cooperation between actors (healthcare professionals, end-users, research institutes, treatment centres, SMEs, public authorities among others).