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

  • INNO TSD

    30 Avenue des Châtelets
    Tregueux
    22950
    France

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  • Ulster University

    University of Ulster at Magee, Northland Road
    Londonderry
    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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  • Live-Out

    30 Avenue des Chatelets
    Tregueux
    22950
    France

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  • Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur

    192 Rue Henri Blès
    Namur
    5000
    Belgium

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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
    59487
    France

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  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    7 Van der Boechorststraat
    Amsterdam
    1081 BT
    Netherlands

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  • Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel, Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie

    69-71 Remterweg
    Bielefeld
    33617
    Germany

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  • Namur-Europe-Wallonie asbl

    1 Place d'Armes
    Namur
    5000
    Belgium

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  • Agence pour la Coopération Scientifique Afrique Luxembourg

    13 Avenue Gaston Diderich
    Luxembourg
    1420
    Luxembourg

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  • Brainscan BV

    1 Rondweg
    Vorden
    7251RT
    Netherlands

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  • CNP Saint-Martin

    84 Rue Saint-Hubert
    Namur
    5100
    Belgium

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
CNP Saint-Martin 84 Rue Saint-Hubert
Namur
5100
Belgium
IT4Anxiety@saintmartin.ofc.be www.cp-st-martin.be
Name Contact Name Email Country
INNO TSD Jean-Charles Minier Jc.minier@inno-group.com France
Ulster University Joan Condell j.condell@ulster.ac.uk United Kingdom
National Health Services Western Isles Martin Malcolm martin.malcolm@nhs.net United Kingdom
Live-Out Gérard Vincent Gerard-vincent@live-out.com France
Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur Quentin Bullens quentin.bullens@profs.hepn.be Belgium
EPSM Lille Métropole – Centre Collaborateur OMS (CCOMS) pour la recherche et la formation en santé mentale de Lille Deborah Sebbane deborah.sebbane6@gmail.com France
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Heleen Riper h.riper@vu.nl Netherlands
Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel, Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie Carolin Steuwe carolin.steuwe@evkb.de Germany
Namur-Europe-Wallonie asbl Natacha Straus natacha.straus@namur.be Belgium
Agence pour la Coopération Scientifique Afrique Luxembourg Guy Tanonkou tanonkou@acsal-science.org Luxembourg
Brainscan BV Marc Meddens marcmeddens@brainscanbv.com Netherlands

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