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. More information on the work packages in the dedicated section "Project Structure".

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.

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Project Partners

  • GAC Group

    30 Avenue des Châtelets

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  • Ulster University

    University of Ulster at Magee, Northland Road
    BT48 7JL
    United Kingdom

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  • Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur

    192 Rue Henri Blès

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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

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  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    7 Van der Boechorststraat
    1081 BT

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  • Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel, Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie

    69-71 Remterweg

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  • Namur-Europe-Wallonie asbl

    1 Place d'Armes

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  • Agence pour la Coopération Europa Afrique

    13 Avenue Gaston Diderich

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  • CNP Saint-Martin

    84 Rue Saint-Hubert

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
CNP Saint-Martin 84 Rue Saint-Hubert
Name Contact Name Email Country
GAC Group Jean-Charles Minier France
Ulster University Professor Joan Condell United Kingdom
Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur Muriel Duliere Belgium
EPSM Lille Métropole – Centre Collaborateur OMS (CCOMS) pour la recherche et la formation en santé mentale de Lille Deborah Sebbane France
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Professor Heleen Riper Netherlands
Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel, Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie Carolin Steuwe Germany
Namur-Europe-Wallonie asbl Charlotte Braibant Belgium
Agence pour la Coopération Europa Afrique Guy Tanonkou Luxembourg

IT4Anxiety is composed of 6 Work Packages (WPs) which have all a specific goal:

  • WP1 – Co-creation of innovative solutions starting from the needs

The first work package concerns the identification of the needs through a qualitative study based on discussion groups bringing together health professionals and mental health service users 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 organised in several countries (Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium/Luxembourg and United Kingdom/Scotland) to proactively engage stakeholders in the co-creation of innovative solutions and their integration thereafter into the mental health care sector.

  • WP2 – Testing and validation of innovative tools

The second work package has been designed to address the lack of scientific validation of innovative e-health tools. It aims to develop a framework for testing and validating tools with mental health service users 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 start-ups is also planned as part of this work package.

  • WP3 – Sustainable implementation of the innovative tools

In the last part of the project, several activities will be implemented with the aim to facilitate the introduction of innovative e-solutions in health establishments as the organisation of trainings for health professionals and future health professionals and the development of a job profile of eMental health referent.

  • WP - Long term

The objective of this work package is to implement on the long-term the innovative tools with the participation of all relevant stakeholders of the mental health field by developing communication and dissemination actions targeting the relevant stakeholders of the mental health field, facing users with anxiety disorders. This work package will support the development of start-ups and the joining of a North-West European Cluster by creating its “Mental Health and New Technologies” branch. Joining a pre existing profitable structure will guarantee its sustainability. The ambition is to have a framework that is easily replicable and reusable in other regional contexts.

  • WP - Communication

This work package aims at maximising the impact of the project, widening the development and implementation of innovative tools targeted to anxiety users by reaching a wide panel of stakeholders, including users, professionals and the start-ups environment.

  • WP – Management

This last work package is dedicated to the day-to-day management of the project’s implementation. The aim is to ensure the successful implementation of the project activities and the cohesion between all the consortium partners and sub-partners.

Partners and subpartners

EPSM Lille Métropole

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Partner - EPSM's mission is to care for mental health problems, providing regional mental health services in the Lille metropole, for prevention, diagnosis and care, for adults and children. EPSM has a broad regional, national and international network and has 10 offices in the metropole region of Lille. Read More

Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel

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Partner - In our psychiatric hospital we provide mandatory care for the Bielefeld district. We supply care for patients with various mental disorders, such as neuro-degenerative disorders, trauma- and stress-related disorders (PTSD, ASD), depression, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, etc. Read More

Bureau Economique de la Province de Namur

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Subpartner - As an economic development agency in the Namur region, BEP aims to be a model of a proactive public company, aiming at good governance and territorial animation, a privileged partner of regional and local authorities; which enables it, through its action, its expertise and its capacity for innovation, to make its territory a reference in terms of sustainable development. Read More


Notes from the field: Future outlook of innovation within IT4Anxiety

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Based at Magee College, Ulster University, Professor Joan Condell’s research group in the School of Computing, Engineering & Intelligent Systems is responsible for the day-to-day management of Work Package 2 - Testing and Validation. The overall objective of WP2 is to identify, select and support SMEs to develop and test their technological tool in the e-mental health ecosystem. Since the beginning of the project over 45 companies have engaged with IT4Anxiety, have developed and presented their technology, and been assessed by the Validation committee. Read More

The IMAGINE study enters a new phase

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The IMAGINE study carried out within the IT4Anxiety project aims to reply to this question, including all users of new technologies in mental health in its targeted study population: people living with and/or dealing with anxiety, careers (non-professional), and health professionals. The study has recently entered the next phase of the research process. Read More

Meeting life-changing persons

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Within the framework of the IT4Anxiety project, the Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur (HEPN) is setting up a training course dedicated to mental health professionals on the use of new technologies in blended therapies. For this training to be in line with the needs, the HEPN team meets with many experts. Among these experts, some stand out. Here is the testimony of Muriel Dulière from the HEPN who shares with us these exceptional encounters. Read More

Eldom in Scotland !

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Within the framework of the European project IT4anxiety, the company ELDOM is experimenting its solutions in Scotland with the objective of reducing patient anxiety in care homes. The European project IT4anxiety aims at allowing the experimentation in situ of innovative solutions in mental health developed by start-ups. Read More

Meet the two new start-ups that joined the IT4Anxiety project !

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Two new start-ups have joined the IT4Anxiety project: Mind Reality and Cerina! They have become project partners and will benefit from numerous advantages and a budget from the INTERREG NEW program for their development. In particular, the start-ups will benefit from the visibility of the project and its large network, the expertise and experience of the project team, the opportunities for testing and validation with patients in real conditions, support and advice. Discover what they are developing ! Read More


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