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IT4Anxiety - Managing anxiety via innovative technologies for better mental health
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.
30 Avenue des Châtelets
University of Ulster at Magee, Northland Road
National Health Services Western Isles
37 South Beach Street
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
UK HS1 2BB
30 Avenue des Chatelets
Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur
192 Rue Henri Blès
EPSM Lille Métropole – Centre Collaborateur OMS (CCOMS) pour la recherche et la formation en santé mentale de Lille
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
7 Van der Boechorststraat
Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel, Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
1 Place d'Armes
Agence pour la Coopération Scientifique Afrique Luxembourg
13 Avenue Gaston Diderich
84 Rue Saint-Hubert
84 Rue Saint-Hubert
All the project partners met in Amsterdam, Netherlands on the 9th and 10th of March 2020 to have their official Kick-off meeting.
IT4Anxiety partners attended the INTERREG NWE Seminar in Lille (France) on January 23 and 24, 2020
All the partners of the European Interreg NWE IT4Anxiety project met for a Steering Committee meeting on December 17, 2019. This event was held at the premises of the leading partner, CNP Saint-Martin, in Namur, Belgium.