TEAM (Technology Enabled Mental Health for Young People), is a 4-year Innovation Training Network (ITN), funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions initiative. There has been considerable research and many commercial products for improving physical health. However, the use of technology to support mental health lags far behind. The aim of the training network is to deliver new applications and technologies that support rapid, large-scale early assessment, prevention and treatment of mental health issues in young people.
As part of the TEAM project, the HCI group focuses on design, development and evaluation of technology-enabled, evidence-based programs, which aim to empower young people and help them to build resilience and care for their own mental health, thus reducing mental health difficulties and improve their wellbeing.
At the HCI group, there are two individual research projects:
- Designing for resilience with unaccompanied migrant youth Franziska Tachtler
- Developing an inclusive technological toolkit to support prevention approaches Toni Michel
Resilience is a key competence of the twenty-first century which contributes to the success in school and in life. Especially unaccompanied migrant youth can benefit from learning this life skill, as they deal not only with the challenging transition to adulthood but also with the asylum procedure a...
Within this project, a technological toolkit is being developed, which will allow young people, mediated by caregivers, to create customizable applications to support their own mental health and wellbeing, based on evidence-based interventions.
SCHAUKASTEN - Sehförderung für Kleinkinder (1.12.2016 - 31.1.2018), financed by: Hauptverband der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger
SCHAUKASTEN seeks to conceptualize, co-design and implement novel interactive toys that motivate young children with visual impairments to keep up with their often dull but crucially important optical exerices.
Children with distinct visual impairment shall exercise their vision as soon as possible in order not to go blind. This exercise in vision constitutes an important building block for later leading an autonomous life.
Unfortunately, these exercise can often be little engaging and boring for the effected children and their parents or caregivers.
Therefore, SCHAUKASTEN seeks novel ways into motivating these children to do their exercises by supporting them with engaging and interactive exercise elements. During training, children shall be motivated by interactive toys to focus and endure as long as optimal. At the same time, parents and caregivers shall be relieved from challenges in motivating the children.