Justine Gaugue, Professor, Laurence Ris, Professor - Mandy Rossignol, Professor

" The UMONS Health Research Institute, on the initiative of Justine Gaugue, Laurence Ris and Mandy Rossignol, in collaboration with the MUMONS, have set up a user-friendly and pleasant website (www.home-stress-home.com) for children and young people, containing information, resources and a link to an online survey to assess anxiety levels. The data will be collected for research purposes to better understand the development of anxiety disorders in often neglected populations: the children and the young adults in school or early working life. This interface, based on the results of the survey, will make it possible to provide personalized feedback to the user, in order to direct him/her towards relaxation strategies or specialists if the level of anxiety measured is very high. Other surveys and tools will be added later on to allow longitudinal monitoring of the impact on mental and physical health of the stress generated by the current crisis. The objective is to develop this interface into a mobile application allowing for personalized follow-up. To our knowledge, this type of tool, integrating advice and data collection, has not yet been developed in Belgium. "
Funding: UMONS Health Research Institute We will seek for other funding opportunities to develop the mobile application
Publication References: Brooks, S. K., Webster, R. K., Smith, L. E., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., & Rubin, G. J. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet. Sprang, G., & Silman, M. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder in parents and youth after health-related disasters. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness, 7(1), 105-110. Moir, F., Fernando III, A. T., Kumar, S., Henning, M., Moyes, S. A., & Elley, C. R. (2015). Computer assisted learning for the mind (CALM): the mental health of medical students and their use of a self-help website. The New Zealand Medical Journal (Online), 128(1411), 51. Carissoli, C., Villani, D., & Riva, G. (2015). Does a meditation protocol supported by a mobile application help people reduce stress? Suggestions from a controlled pragmatic trial. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18(1), 46-53.
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Comment: This platform combining self-help application and data collection could be extend to workers (particularly caregivers) as a prevention to burn-out.

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