Technology for Wellbeing Conference 2017

The Technology for Wellbeing Conference is organised jointly by Mental Health Reform and ReachOut Ireland and funded by Interreg North West Europe Innovation Programme.


When: Thursday, 16 November 2017

Where: The Hilton, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2 **Please note VENUE CHANGE**

***THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL*** To be added to the waiting list, please email with ‘waiting list’ in the subject line.

The conference, which will be FREE to attend will be of interest to service users, their families and friends, service providers, policy makers, health managers, clinicians, the technology sector, researchers, media, students and the general public.

The themes for the conference include:

  • Innovation in technology and mental health
  • social media and mental health
  • suicide prevention and the internet
  • mental health promotion
  • national policy in e-mental health
  • technology, cybersafety and young people
  • Good practice in the safe delivery of online mental health service with a crosscutting theme of user empowerment.


MC is Mr. Conall O’Móráin, Today FM and The Media Group

8.00 – 9.00 am Registration
9.00 – 9.20 am

  • Dr. Shari McDaid, Mental Health Reform
    Conference opening and intro to eMEN project

9.20 – 9.40 am

  • Jim Daly, TD, Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People

Plenary One 

9.40 – 10.10 am Youth Panel

10.10  10.30 am

  • Dr. Michael Byrne, HSE, National Disability Children & Families Team, Social Care Division
    HSE plans on eMental Health roll out

10.30 – 11.00 am

  • Ms. Judith Parke, ReachOut Australia
    Applying research and evaluation in advocating for online mental health services

11.00 – 11.15 am Q & A

11.15 – 11.45 am Tea and Coffee

11.45 am – 1.45 pm Plenary Two: Parallel Sessions

Parallel sessions include 15 presentations from a mix of academics and service providers reporting on different aspects of innovation, evaluation and emerging approaches to service delivery.

1.45 – 2.15 pm Lunch

2.15 – 2.45 pm

  • Prof. Heleen Riper, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    European Comparative Effectiveness on Internet-based Depression Treatment

2.45 – 3.15 pm

  • Mr. Aidan Healy, UnPlug
    Switching off and recharging in an ‘always on’ world

3.15 – 4.15 pm Products’ showcase (15min each)

3.15 – 3.30 pm

  • Dr. Derek Richards, Director of Clinical Services, Silvercloud Health
    Health solutions responding to client needs

3.30 – 3.45 pm

  • Dr. Bert Bonroy, MOBILAB Thomas More University, Belgium
    Showcase on wearable technology in mental health

3.45 – 4.00 pm

  • Mr. James Hawe, HSE & TCD

4.00 – 4.15 pm

  • Dr. David Coyle, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, UCD
    Pesky gNATs

4.15 – 4.45 pm Q&A and Youth Panel 

4.45 – 5.00 pm

  • Ms. Naoise Kavanagh, ReachOut
    Wrap up

All enquiries to: / +353(0) 1 7645666



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