Digital Health

The Mental Health Foundation is championing better mental health through the increased use of digital health interventions, in a six-country European Union partnership.

 

Key information

  • Partner countries: UK, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Ireland and France.

  • Funder: Interreg North-West Europe Innovation Programme

  • Funding: €5.3 million (£4.4 million)

  • Timescale: May 2016 – June 2019

  • Contact: Iris Elliott, Head of Policy and Research at the Mental Health Foundation, on ielliott@mentalhealth.org.uk

 

What the project will achieve?

 

Currently, the average use of e-mental health within the partner countries is 8% (the lowest being France at 1% and the highest the Netherlands at 15%). The average will have increased to:

  • 15% by the end of the project

  • at least 25% five years after the project finishes

  • 60% 10 years after the project finishes.

The EU average for unmet need is currently 6.8%; this will be reduced by 2% five years after the projects and by 4% 10 years afterwards.

 

e-mental health innovation and transnational implementation platform North West Europe (eMEN)

 

The age of talking algorithms is here
Last week, Google stunned the world with the latest feature of the Google Assistant, Duplex, that was able to make an appointment in a hair salon in eerily human-sounding conversational sentences. Chatbots, computer programs or smart algorithms conducting conversation via auditory or textual methods, are becoming more and more popular and widespread. Do you want to know more dad jokes? Read the latest news? Figure out riddles? Plenty of messenger bots offer forms of entertainment.

 

Moreover, chatbots are even surpassing into the territory of humans: empathy and feelings. Do you need a friend when you feel lonely? Have a chat with Replika, your A.I. friend to whom you can tell everything about your life. Or talk to Woebot, a little algorithmic assistant aiming to improve mood. It promises to meaningfully connect with you, to show bits and pieces of empathy while giving you a chance to talk about your troubles and have some counseling back in return. Just as a human psychologist does. Do you rather want to get connected to a human coach instantly? Turn to Ginger!

 

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