A eMEN workshop was organized at the EPA 2018 in Nice on March 4th. Project leader Oyono Vlijter from lead partner Arq (NL) and Prof. Wolfgang Gaebel from eMEN partner LVR-IVF (DE) chaired this workshop and gave a presentation. Oyono Vlijter focused on the objective of and activities within the eMEN project, and also presented the multidisciplinary e-mental health implementation challenges. Prof. Gaebel presented the activities which are being implemented in the work package policy recommendation, which they are leading. He also elaborated on the facilitators of e-mental health.
The workshop was well received, especially because eMEN is the only EU funded project at this moment focusing on the practical implementation of (already available) e-mental health and the many multidisciplinary challenges preventing faster and large scale implementation of this technology for mental health prevention and treatment.
ROAMER project seminar
Oyono Vlijter and Prof. Gaebel also attended the seminar on the ROAMER project (‘A Roadmap for Mental Research in Europe’). The policy priorities identified and analysed in the ROAMER project (2011-2015) are very valuable for increasing the impact of the eMEN project – a hard copy of the results were given to the project leader of eMEN. In addition, Prof. Tily Wykes (ROAMER consortium) was informed about the eMEN project and invited to participate in future eMEN events.
The EPA congress itself was a four day event, from March 3-6. This years’ congress attracted more than 3000 professionals in the field of mental health from all over Europe. ‘Integrate, Innovate & Individualise’ were the central themes for this year. It is a good sign that the topic of e-mental health is getting more attention within the EPA.