IT4Anxiety - Managing anxiety via innovative technologies for better mental health

Project Summary

IT4Anxiety aims to support the implementation of innovative solutions through start-ups with the objective of reducing the anxiety of patients suffering from mental disorders

Technological innovations give new perspectives in many domains, including health. It was in this context that the IT4Anxiety project was born bringing together mental health professionals and startups, but also universities, research centers, higher education establishments and public authorities.

The project focuses more specifically on the creation and implementation of innovative solutions, in particular those related to digital technology, with the objective of reducing the anxiety of patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer‘s disease) or post-traumatic stress disorder. These mental illnesses affect a growing number of patients in North-West Europe, due to ageing population trends.

Such innovative and technological solutions can also effectively complement conventional medical protocols. This is what we call "blended therapies", which are at the heart of the approach being developed via a number of work packages and activities in the IT4Anxiety project. The first work package concerns the identification of the needs through the carrying out of a qualitative study based on discussion groups bringing together health professionals and patients or their representatives. The study will also focus on the evaluation of innovative solutions already implemented in the care process. Based on the conclusions of the study, hackathons will be organized in several countries (France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom) to proactively engage stakeholders in the co-creation of innovative solutions and their integration thereafter into the mental health care sector.

The lack of scientific validation of the innovative e-health tools is an acknowledged fact. It is in this sense that the second work package was designed. It aims to develop a framework for testing and validating tools with patients and start-ups in order to guarantee the effective implementation of these innovative solutions, especially from an ethical point of view. Support for 15 selected startups is also planned as part of this work package.

The third work package aims to facilitate the use of innovative mental health solutions in the hospitals, clinics, community health teams and nursing homes to foster the sustainable use of blended therapeutic solutions. For this, three training modules for users, professionals and future professionals will be tested and implemented in several health establishments.

 As in all European INTERREG projects, IT4Anxiety ensures efficient project management and dissemination and sustainability of outputs via standard work packages dedicated to management, communication and a strategy for long-term effects.

In the end, we plan to co-create and implement 10 innovative solutions validated by mental health professionals and public organizations that will address the needs of around 3,000 patients facing anxiety disorders. The 15 startups involved in the project are expected to contribute to the creation of around 50 new jobs. In addition almost a thousand mental health professionals will benefit from our training systems.

Project Partners

  • GAC Group

    30 Avenue des Châtelets

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  • Ulster University

    University of Ulster at Magee, Northland Road
    BT48 7JL
    United Kingdom

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  • National Health Services Western Isles

    37 South Beach Street
    Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
    UK HS1 2BB
    United Kingdom

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  • Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur

    192 Rue Henri Blès

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  • EPSM Lille Métropole – Centre Collaborateur OMS (CCOMS) pour la recherche et la formation en santé mentale de Lille

    BP. 10
    Armentières Cedex

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  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    7 Van der Boechorststraat
    1081 BT

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  • Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel, Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie

    69-71 Remterweg

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  • Namur-Europe-Wallonie asbl

    1 Place d'Armes

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  • Agence pour la Coopération Scientifique Afrique Luxembourg

    13 Avenue Gaston Diderich

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  • Brainscan BV

    1 Rondweg

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  • CNP Saint-Martin

    84 Rue Saint-Hubert

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
CNP Saint-Martin 84 Rue Saint-Hubert
Name Contact Name Email Country
GAC Group Jean-Charles Minier France
Ulster University Professor Joan Condell United Kingdom
National Health Services Western Isles Martin Malcolm United Kingdom
Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur Muriel Duliere Belgium
EPSM Lille Métropole – Centre Collaborateur OMS (CCOMS) pour la recherche et la formation en santé mentale de Lille Deborah Sebbane France
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Heleen Riper Netherlands
Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel, Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie Carolin Steuwe Germany
Namur-Europe-Wallonie asbl Rachel Husson Belgium
Agence pour la Coopération Scientifique Afrique Luxembourg Guy Tanonkou Luxembourg
Brainscan BV Marc Meddens Netherlands



We have a unique opportunity for innovative start-ups to join the consortium !


We are looking for a start-up/SME:

  • developing innovative & impacting tools for the management of anxiety in the mental health context (Alzheimer's or PTSD)
  • developing projects at any research and development stages to allow consolidating more established products or conceive new ideas
  • able to test their product within the project timeframe (until September 2023)
  • committed to develop and test 1 prototype for patients to improve their well-being and recovery within the time frame of the project


What is in it for you ? 

  • You will become a member of the European Interreg IT4Anxiety project, benefiting from its spotlight and rich network. For example, we will showcase your solutions and company through our network (on our website, social media accounts, videos, etc.), and invite you to our events (focus groups, hackathons, conferences...).
  • You will be able to exchange knowledge and experience with mental health professionals and institutions from other countries participating in the project to build a tailor-made solution answering patiens' needs.
  • You will have the possibility to benefit from testing and validation opportunities with patients from the mental health sector. In collaboration with the consortium members, solutions will indeed be introduced and tested in participating hospitals, clinics, community health teams, and nursing homes. 
  • Our project ethic committee will support and advise you on the ethics and legal requirements for clinical testing.
  • While preparing your testing protocol, you will receive guidance and advice to consider the impact of your solution in a real health-care setting including alignment with leading eHealth technology assessment frameworks streamlining the testing with requirements from relevant regulatory organisations.
  • Training modules for the use of the innovative solutions will be organised in several health establishments in which your solution could, therefore, be embedded into it.
  • budget over to 350K€ is available within the project (financed to 60% by FEDER). This will be divided between the selected start-ups. This means that you need to find 40% of the funding yourself.
  • The HQ of the company should be located in one of the 6 countries partners of the IT4Anxiety project: Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg and United Kingdom.


How could you join the project ? 

You can either apply directly to the Start-up validation Committee by first answering this questionnaire (if you pass this first filter, the committee will send you a form to complete):

Deadline: we will be opened for application from now until November the 30th 2020.


by winning a hackathon or being recognised as a top idea (even if not winning) and being approved by the start-up validation Committee. Agenda of hackathons : Link

Agenda of our Hackathons

Hackathon 1: March 2021 in Amsterdam

Hackathon 2: October 2021 in Germany

Hackathon 3: November 2021 in France

Hackathon 4: February 2022 in UK/Scotland

Hackathon 5: March 2022 in Belgium/Luxembourg

Precise dates will be communicated at a later stage.

Our Idea Box

You have some ideas and thoughts to share with our team ? Please follow the link ! Thank you very much for your ideas ! They are valuable to us and we will take great care to consider them !

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