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EAAD-Best (WP5). Digital mental health tool and website: initial lessons from implementation and transfer in 8 countries

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Presentation for the workshop "Counteracting digital dis(mis)information and other cyber threats in the pandemic times: preventive and corrective actions towards strengthening civil society, protecting human rights and human well-being" conducted within the project "Preserving fundamental rights in the use of digital technologies for e-health services" (https://www.reinitialise.eu). Within the Horizon-funded project "Preserving fundamental rights in the use of digital technologies for e-health services" (https://www.reinitialise.eu) the aim is to strengthen and stimulate scientific excellence and the innovation capacity of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (Lublin, Poland) ○ in the design and use of digital technologies in the sector of health, ○ in a way that adheres to the ethical principles. ● This will be ensured by mutual exchange, knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary cooperation among three leading institutions: KU Leuven (Belgium), the University of Macerata (Italy) and Eurocentro (Italy). ● We are happy to add our insights from EAAD-Best.eu into this resource. ● Many online spaces include information on depression or only contain the word depression to increase the web traffic. Burst of websites and tools on depression led to increased competition, not always based on reliability. ● We search for such media and digital partnerships, which can add value to the Europe-wide intervention in the reliable information sphere.
Presentation for the workshop "Counteracting digital
dis(mis)information and other cyber threats in the pandemic times:
preventive and corrective actions towards strengthening civil society,
protecting human rights and human well-being" conducted within the
project "Preserving fundamental rights in the use of digital technologies
for e-health services" (https://www.reinitialise.eu).
EAAD-Best (WP5). Digital mental
health tool and website: initial
lessons from implementation and
transfer in 8 countries
Piotr Toczyski and Magdalena Dąbkowska
Maria Grzegorzewska University / EAAD-Best.eu
Within the Horizon-funded project "Preserving
fundamental rights in the use of digital
technologies for e-health services"
(https://www.reinitialise.eu) the aim is to
strengthen and stimulate scientific excellence
and the innovation capacity of the Maria
Curie-Skłodowska University (Lublin, Poland)
in the design and use of digital technologies in the
sector of health,
in a way that adheres to the ethical principles.
This will be ensured by mutual exchange,
knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary
cooperation among three leading institutions:
KU Leuven (Belgium), the University of
Macerata (Italy) and Eurocentro (Italy).
We are happy to add our insights from
EAAD-Best into this resource.
We are within the framework of online scientific
workshop: "Counteracting digital dis(mis)information
and other cyber threats in the pandemic times:
preventive and corrective actions towards
strengthening civil society, protecting human rights
and human well-being"
We cover "EAAD-Best (WP5). Digital mental health
tool and website: initial lessons from implementation
and transfer in 8 countries".
At EAAD-Best.eu we lead the further development of an
already existing non-commercial digital tool
https://tool.ifightdepression.com/en-YO/login and its
awareness-raising website
https://ifightdepression.com/en/ designed for guided
self-management of mild forms of depression. We aim at
its implementation in eight European countries.
We are also adapting the best practice model of regional
alliances against depression to local social conditions, in
Poland starting from the central district of Warsaw (see:
https://sites.google.com/view/aliansprzeciwdepresji).
Informal allies in this alliance are all people, institutions
and media interested in Warsaw city center who want to
promote three ideas: depression can affect anyone;
depression is a real disease; depression can be treated.
Similar alliances around Europe promote
iFightDepression digital assets in their areas.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s 3rd Health Programme - Annual Work Programme 2020
(HP-PJ-2020) under grant agreement No. 101018325. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of
the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s 3rd Health Programme - Annual Work Programme 2020
(HP-PJ-2020) under grant agreement No. 101018325. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of
the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.
In EAAD-Best, a key part of the 4-level
intervention concept is the national
promotion and availability of the
iFightDepression® tool and the associated
iFightDepression awareness website. This
national roll-out will occur in eight countries:
Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary,
Ireland, Italy and Poland and Spain.
Ukrainian version emerged as a response
to war in Europe.
The iFightDepression® tool is a guided,
online-based self-management programme for
people suffering from mild to moderate forms of
depression – it is based on the principles of
cognitive behavioural therapy.
Access and guidance to the tool are provided by a
health professional (GP, psychiatrist,
psychotherapist) who has been trained by an
E-learning tool to be a guide.
The antidepressant efficacy has been shown
recently within a randomized controlled trial.
It is currently available in 12 languages (English,
German, Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Shqip,
Hungarian, Estonian, Italian, Norwegian, Greek,
and Arabic) and in EAAD-Best, was translated into
Bulgarian and Polish.
iFD medical or non-medical
Ethics clearance focuses on this
dilemma again
Guided but not treatment, just
self-management
Next step: Highlight it within iFD
tool and ethics clearance
The iFightDepression awareness
website aims to promote and increase
awareness of depression and suicidal
behaviour by providing comprehensive
information about depression and its
consequences.
The website is currently in 15 languages
(English, German, Spanish, Catalan,
Hungarian, Dutch, Shqip, Estonian,
Bulgarian, Portuguese, French, Italian,
Norwegian, Turkish, and Arabic), and in
EAAD-Best it was translated into Greek
and Polish.
Our following key messages are based
on experiences from 8 implementation
and transfer countries exchanged at
consortium meetings.
Message 1. There is a need for reliable mental health information in the
infodemic clutter.
Message 2. EU Health
Programme-funded EAAD-Best exists
to enlarge European spaces of reliable
digital information on depression
through the medium of evidence-based
iFD website content and guided tool
(see:
https://www.researchgate.net/publicati
on/357701187_EAAD-Best_Targeting_
depression_and_suicidal_behaviour_th
rough_a_community-based_4-level_int
ervention).
Message 3. Although depression became a trending topic since the outbreak
of COVID-19 pandemic, iFD website visits decreased in 2021.
Finding practical
solutions may
include linking to
the partner
organizations’
websites and vice
versa, but the
question remains
open whether
fluctuating
number of visits
may also reflect
changing
information needs
of a specific
population linked
to the pandemic.
Many online spaces include information
on depression or only contain the word
depression to increase the web traffic.
Burst of websites and tools on
depression led to increased competition,
not always based on reliability.
We search for such media and digital
partnerships, which can add value to the
Europe-wide intervention in the reliable
information sphere.
Pan-European opportunity for
local action on iFD: Erasmus
Embrace
Next step: Ireland, Poland,
Estonia try to approach HEis
European standardization worth
considering
Logos of all GPs chambers and
colleges already supporting iFD
Both centralized and localized
(similar to EFPA and NACs)
Next step: Considering
pan-European iFD brand and
certification process
Online training website to be
upgraded towards automation
of guides register
Step 1. Training
Step 2. Test
Step 3. Email
Step 4. Certification
Step 5. Register of specialists
Next step: Website upgrade
Much is happening within iFD for Ukraine initiative (EAAD
effort)
And within EAAD-Best since plenary meeting in 2022:
We started landing pages building sprint project with Tech
To The Rescue
We inspired iFD mentions at the EU Health Policy Platform
We approached SCIENCE+ initiative and discussed iFD tool
and website at the meetings series with European medical
journalists from EAAD-Best countries
This project has received funding from the European Union’s 3rd Health Programme - Annual Work Programme 2020
(HP-PJ-2020) under grant agreement No. 101018325. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of
the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.
Building local landing pages for patients and guides is necessary:
To achieve this we applied for Tech To The Rescue grant and were
selected to join Sprint for Impact 2022 (11-29 April)
We were assigned experienced software house (10clouds)
We are building together multilanguage local landing page with
guides' contact data
We want the website to be pan-European to achieve both targets
(local and European) at the same time
We are exploring how to embed the online training on the website and
automate the guide registration process, but also how to make
searching guides across Europe easy
This project has received funding from the European Union’s 3rd Health Programme - Annual Work Programme 2020
(HP-PJ-2020) under grant agreement No. 101018325. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of
the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.
Improving medical journalism in
Central and Eastern Europe. The
project supports producing and
promoting more audience-friendly
media content on relevant
medical topics.
Science training programme.
Audience friendly content.
Increasing public awareness
about reliable medical facts.
Regional effort.
SCIENCE+ facilitates the creation of a
unique network to share best
practices in health reporting and
science journalism in initially six
Central and Eastern European (CEE)
countries: Czechia, Poland, Hungary,
Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania.
Experts, science editors, freelancers
and independent outlets form a
coalition to ensure responsible and
trustworthy reporting on public health
and other medical topics.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s 3rd Health Programme - Annual Work Programme 2020
(HP-PJ-2020) under grant agreement No. 101018325. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of
the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s 3rd Health Programme - Annual Work Programme 2020
(HP-PJ-2020) under grant agreement No. 101018325. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of
the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.
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