The EMPOWER project is intended to develop an online platform to improve mental health in the workplace
The European project EMPOWER was launched in January 2020 with the goal of reducing the impact of mental health problems in the workplace. EMPOWER focusses on the development and implementation of a new, low-cost, online health platform to address mental health and well-being in the workplace.
Mental disorders are a huge burden for both the individual and society. While successful, cost-effective interventions in the workplace do happen, widespread implementation faces a number of obstacles. Stigmatisation and discrimination in the workplace have been associated with delayed treatment, poor social support, difficulties in fulfilling occupational and social roles, unemployment and low self-esteem.
Faced with this scenario, there is an urgent need for an eHealth platform to prevent mental health problems and promote well-being in the workplace which combines the quickest, most feasible and cost-effective interventions currently available in Europe. The platform will take advantage of those instruments that have proven to be cost-effective and will also address the need to reduce stigmatisation.
The project is being coordinated and managed by the Sant Joan de Déu Foundation, where the European platform will be developed by the research group led by Dr Beatriz Olaya from Sant Joan de Déu Health Park · Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute and a part of the network of mental health biomedical research centres (CIBERSAM).
For further information, please contact: empower(ELIMINAR)@pssjd.org
The Sant Joan de Déu Foundation and Sant Joan de Déu Health Park are two of the participants in the project, which is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program (ref. No. 848,180). The partners in the consortium come from countries including Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Finland, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Australia.
It focusses on the development and implementation of a new, low-cost, online health platform to address mental health and well-being in the workplace.