Mental Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem 4th September 2017

Mental Health and Well-being


Digital Innovations for Mental Health & Well-being

Date: September 4th 2017

Venue: School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9



Mental health and Wellbeing


Wednesday September 4th, 2017


School of Nursing Dublin City University

Project Team

The project team consisted of representatives from the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Investnet Healthcare, and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance).



The event was promoted on the eHealth Ireland website and included an introduction to the Ecosystem and a description of the meeting theme. Once the agenda was finalised, it was added to the website. 

Email campaigns

An email announcing the event was sent out weekly to the eHealth database including key hospital, industry, academic and executive personnel, and previous Ecosystem attendees.

Social media

The event was promoted on Twitter by the project team. The hash tag #eHealth4All was used with a strong uptake prior to the meeting and by attendees on the day of the event.

Theme and Justification

There are many existing and emerging ideas around how digital technology can promote positive mental health and wellbeing e.g. online support groups, mobile phone applications, games, virtual reality, virtual therapists, robots, artificial intelligence, and so on. The eHealth Ireland Ecosystem will meet to discuss this important topic and how these technologies can be best used


The main objectives of the meeting were:

  1. To showcase the excellent work that is ongoing in Mental Health within the Public Hospital System
  2. To support and encourage ideas of joined up working groups within the mental health area
  3. To openly discuss the journey of mental health patients and the role of technology in this process

Speaker profiles

Keynote Speakers were chosen who had experience working in the Mental Health area from both the Technology , Psychiatrist and end user perspective . For a full list of speakers and topics from the event see Appendix A.

Delegate profiles

165 delegates registered to attend the event including health professionals, medical educators, research students, nurses, general practitioners, industry leads, policymakers, patient group representatives, and service users. For a detailed breakdown of registered delegates, and their organisations, please see Appendix B.



Companies had the option to bring along mini pop-up exhibition spaces, the following companies exhibited on the day:

Swift queue                           Manitex                      Ranseys

Sorsix                                     AYAYA                    Brennan & Co

Health Bridge Technology

Plenary Session

The plenary session included an introduction from HSE Chief Clinical Information Officer, Yvonne Goff.  Yvonne spoke of the unique nature of mental health services that can make it difficult to develop technology that successfully intervenes in human behavior and actually creates measurable, positive outcomes. However, with advancing research and awareness geared towards mental health issues, more companies are innovating in this space than ever before. Emerging trends in recent years have the potential to completely change the health care environment for those struggling with mental health conditions. These technologies are proving that mental health innovation is gaining traction to change lives. Yvonne gave special thanks to our speakers and our host Dublin City University (DCU).

Dr Seamus MacSuibhne, Consultant Psychiatrist and CCIO Management team emphasised how the area of Mental Health plays a vital role in the improvement of our health care system.  

They were followed by Professor Daire Keogh from Dublin City University who outlined the importance of education in the mental health area and some of the projects DCU were involved in.

Rick Rossiter, an ambassador for See Change took to the stage to outline the challenges and stigma faced by the patients in relation to Mental Health, particularly drawing on his own personal journey.

Orla Gogarty from St Patrick’s Mental Health services outlined the journey of the EHR system introduced in St Patrick’s from Procurement to go live and some of the learning’s to share with the Audience.

  1. His talk was followed up with a Q&A session where the delegates posed some interesting questions and a lively debate was had .

After a quick networking coffee break the ECHAlliance delivered some feedback as to their role on the International Working Group for Mental Health and Wellbeing and this was followed by Dr Breige Casey from DCU who showcased the ongoing developments of Mental Health Programmes facilitated by DCU in the Homeless Prevention area.


The attendees were broken up into 3 groups for the workshops focusing on 3 different topics within the mental health & wellness area, each room discussed a particular challenge that had been set by the chair of the group and also the chair relayed the feedback of the workshop to the full audience prior to the lunch break.

The three discussions from the roundtable discussions were:

  • Service User Engagement
  • Uses of Technology in the treatment of Mental Health
  • Connecting for the Future



Planning phase

A consultation process took place with several groups working in the field of Mental Health to solicit their thoughts on how the topic would be best approached. This process ensured that the maximum benefit was derived from the eHealth Ireland Ecosystem meeting and that a high-quality set of recommendations could be produced for advancing the uses of technology in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Arena.

Contribution of project team

The event was professionally facilitated by Investnet and the ECHAlliance, who supported the planning, management and delivery of the meeting.


The views expressed by speakers and delegates are their own, and not those of the HSE.


Appendix A: Agenda

Agenda final - sept 4

Appendix B: Delegates

Hospital / Health 26%

Industry 31%

3rd Level / Research 23%

Patient Representative 13%

Other 7%

Presentations from the day

Rick Rossiter - Stigma & Mental Health.pdf (size 3.6 MB)

Orla Gogarty - SPMHS - eSwift a Festine Lente Journey - eHealth Ireland Ecosystem 04092017.pdf (size 3.2 MB)

Kumar Jacob - ECH Alliance Mental Health & Wellbeing Working Group.pdf (size 518.6 KB)

Breige Casey - Mental Health online .pdf (size 1.1 MB)