The First International E-Mental Health Summit 2009 was an inspiring and successful event.
International experts presented the results of the most recent evidence-based developments, research studies and implementation projects. The collective goal and involvement of all participants is promising for E-Mental Health in the future.
Monday the 12th the Summit kicked off with the Dutch Open Health 2.0 Challenge. More than 30 teams joined the contest to improve healthcare either socially of technically. Wednesday the 14th the 4th ISRII Meeting was organized specially for members of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions. It was promising to notice the young professionals involved in E- Mental Health. Thursday the 15th Jan Walburg, PhD, CEO of the Trimbos Institute formally opened the Summit and in his speech he emphasized the importance of the enhancement of our mental vitality and the need to solve the expected treatment gap.
Heleen Riper, PhD, Director Innovation Centre of Mental Health & Technology, Trimbos Institute showed examples of Internet interventions and opportunities to reach low socioeconomic people in need of help. Internet allows people to take responsibility of their own health and gives healthcare professionals the opportunity to extent their services.
In two and a half day more than 180 speakers inspired participants with their results as e-Mental Health turned out to be an good equivalent for usual face-to-face treatment. The results are promising in clinical and costs effectiveness. PowerPoint sheets of most presentations are available on this site.
Prof. Helen Christensen, Australian National University and Lee M. Ritterband, PhD, director of the Behavioral Health and Technology Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia Health Systems, presented during the Summit the following ISRII e-wards for mental health:
- ISRII e-ward 2007 to Prof. Isaac Marks, MD FRC Psych, King's College London and ISRII e-ward 2009 to Prof. Alfred Lange, University of Amsterdam, for their outstanding contribution to the development of the field of e-mental health.
- ISRII e-ward 2009 for 'promising researcher' to Sylvia Gerhards, Maastricht University, for her paper (accepted for publication in British Journal of Psychiatry) and presentation titled Patients' experiences with unsupported online computerized cognitive behavioral therapy for depression.
Jan Walburg, PhD, CEO of the Trimbos Institute announced the winners of the Dutch Open Health 2.0 Challenge. First price in the challenge for social innovation is Choose to Move and the first price of the technical innovation is MedC support.
Prof. Ricardo Muñoz, University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital inspired the summit participants with his presentation Using the internet to reduce health disparities worldwide. He emphasized the importance of Internet and mobile applications to to support people to overcome their mental health and addiction problems by means of e-mental health and in particular self help all over the world.
In conclusion the First International E-Mental Health Summit was an inspiring and successful event and showed that E-Mental Health has proved to be effective and necessary to meet the demands of health care now and in the future.