E-MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

E-Health, telemedicine, digital health promotion... Behind these expressions is emerging a management of health transformed by the use of new technologies.
 
The WHOCC has invested this field of research by getting involved in the projects:
 
.PATH : PerinAtal menTal Health – is part of the Interreg VA 2Seas programme and receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund. The aim is to enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild and moderate perinatal mental health issues. The project will run from 1 February 2019 to 30 September 2022. It receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund and involves partners from the UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium.
.IT4Anxiety: this project aims to reinforce the use of blended therapy to manage the anxiety of users facing Alzheimer or PTSD and to integrate validated innovative health/mental health tools for professionals.
.eMEN: Platform for innovation and transnational implementation of e-mental health in North-Western Europe. 
.Stop Blues: project led by Urc-Eco / Inserm to strengthen suicide prevention through digital tools and with WHOCC as a partner
.ARPA: European projects of which WHO is a member and aims to develop an international network to improve care for older people with mental health problems
 
.EQUME - Qualitative study of expectations, needs and uses of M-Health (e-health technology in mental health) by all stakeholders:
In 2016, the CCOMS decided to carry out, with the support of the french ministry of health, a study on the identification of representations, expectations and uses of e-mental health technologies by each of the stakeholders: patients-users and their families, user representatives, health professionals (general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, nurses, social workers).
 
Objectives
The project proposes a sociological analysis of the dissemination of the use of e-mental health technologies in France. This is:
1) to highlight the representations, uses and use of e-health devices by all stakeholders;
2) to establish individual and professional group profiles of these representations and uses;
3) to establish a typology of e-mental health devices currently available or to be available in the near future. Establishing a precise definition is important because activities under the term e-health are governed by different regulations and legal regimes and the debate on regulation has intensified with the development of mobile applications dedicated to well-being and health.
 
Methodology
The study has a qualitative and a quantitative component.
In qualitative terms, ten focus groups were conducted with patients-users and their families, representatives of users, the general public and various health professionals (71 people in all).
On the quantitative side, a questionnaire was distributed via mental health services and general practitioners' offices. More than a thousand questionnaires are currently analysing. 
At the same time, a critical analysis of the literature will make it possible to establish a typology of available e-mental health technologies (connected objects, semantic web, therapeutic games -serious game- technological devices for healthcare coordination, etc.) and to highlight their application potential, functionalities, limits and risks.