Eight months after launching, mental health interventions provider Oh My Mood is expanding to The Netherlands, making its innovative healthcare solutions available to Dutch mental health professionals.
Mental health trust Lionarons GGZ will be the first organisation in the Netherlands to start using the Oh My Mood blended care pathway replacing part of its traditional care programmes.
From September, the trust will offer its service users a treatment programme in which eHealth and digital solutions – e.g. online group sessions, video calls, online psycho-education and exercises – are seamlessly integrated with traditional face-to-face therapy sessions.
Oh My Mood founder and CEO Jaime Essed, said: “Most eHealth interventions can’t be easily adapted to meet the personal needs of each service user.
“We worked extremely hard over the past eight months to develop mental health care pathways that integrate eHealth into care plans according to each service user’s individual needs.
“Because of my Dutch roots, The Netherlands was always an appealing market and we are therefore very excited about entering this market with Lionarons GGZ as our first partner.
“This is only the first step as we are in conversation with a number of UK-based mental health trusts and have plans to make our integrated eHealth solutions available in other European markets in the future.”
The pathway also includes modules focusing on lifestyle such as healthy eating and physical exercise, enabling clinicians to address each service user’s psychological and physical needs.
Lara Simons, managing director at Lionarons GGZ, said: “We are so pleased to be working with Oh My Mood and contribute to mental health innovations in The Netherlands.
“We expect that the new blended care format will result in better treatment results, higher efficiencies for clinicians and service users alike and reduced waiting times.
“We will remain in close contact with our clients and clinicians during the initial phase to measure client satisfaction levels and treatment efficiency.”
With offices in Liverpool and Manchester, Oh My Mood was founded in November last year.
It is planning future research with University of Manchester, University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University with the support of Invest Liverpool, LCR 4.0, Health Innovation Exchange, National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation to evaluate the evidence-based mental health care pathways that seamlessly integrate eHealth modules with face-to-face clinical therapy sessions.
Essed adds: “Our work with renowned research partners will enable us to evaluate our high-quality, affordable and future-proof mental health care pathways that could benefit patients worldwide.”
Psychologist Pauline Post, co-founder of Oh My Mood, will be responsible for coordinating implementation projects in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Germany.
Pauline Post, Psychologist and Co-founder of Oh My Mood says: “As a psychologist, I am really excited about Oh My Mood’s trans-diagnostic and multi-discipline approach to mental health care.
“It makes the care pathway suitable to almost every service user regardless of clinical diagnosis.
“For example, certain eHealth modules can give the service user a sense of control from the outset, where their mental health condition often alters their perception of autonomy.
“When service users start working with eHealth as part of their treatment programme they can gradually build up their confidence and sense of control – setting them off on a path that can accelerate the diagnosis and treatment planning process.”
“I have more than 10 years’ experience in mental health care, so I am looking forward to bring our blended care pathways to mental health trusts and mental health clinics and transform the way in which mental health care is provided.”
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