Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute (ERSI)

Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute (ERSI)
Overview of projects
(the EEA Grants and Norway Grants)
Tallinn, 03-12-2014
Public Health Initiatives Programme Operators Meeting
Estonian Mental Health and Well-being Coalition
The VATEK was established in 2012 by
the initiative of the ERSI and support of
the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs.
For now the VATEK has grown to a
network of 38 organizations related to
mental health.
In 2014 the project “Improving advocacy
and policymaking capacity of the
Estonian mental health and wellbeing
coalition” was funded by the NGO Fund
of the EEA Grants, intermediated by
Open Estonia Foundation.
AppsTerv project
Web-based applications for mental health
Internet and mental health
• Pathological internet use –
5% of schoolchildren
• Maladaptive internet use
(subtreshold risk group) –
17% of schoolchildren
Source: ERSI SEYLE study
Durkee et al 2012
• Important part of everyday
psycho-social environment
• Primary and instantly
available channel for
information and help
• Fills the gap in access to MH
services (geographical gap,
time gap)
The main objective of the AppsTerv project
To improve the quality of web-based information
channels and the level and range of online counselling
services, to increase awareness about mental health
among children, youth, parents and specialists
ERSI, Avitus,, TAI, Tervisekliinik, Arkimedes
AppsTerv action plan
Mental health
web portal
Online counselling
• Development of web portal (EST/RUS)
• Reliable information about mental health
• Quick access to online counselling services
• forum
• e-mail counselling
• information portal
Network and capacity
of online counsellors
• Network of volunteers
• MH specialists – trainers, supervisors etc
• Guidelines and quality standards
Smartphone apps
• Apps with self-help functionality (topics:
deliberate self-harm, suicidal behaviour,
depression, sleep problems)
„Ära tee!“ („Don’t do it!“) app
with self-help functionalities
Based on Norwegian
app „Stop self-harm“
Prof Merike Sisask (PhD)
E-mail: [email protected]
Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute (ERSI)

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