MENHIR: Mental health monitoring through interactive conversations

Zoraida Callejas, Kawtar Benghazi, Manuel Noguera, María Inés Torres, Raquel Justo


Mental health is an essential component of health; however depression and anxiety are common disorders across the European Union. Many people may be described as \living with" a mental illness, and managing their own symptoms. However, they are often unsure of the thresholds for treatment, how to control their mental health, what are the best coping strategies or which resources are available to them. Conversational systems may facilitate watchful waiting and symptom monitoring, by initiating contact and symptom checking at various times of the day and night. The MENHIR project aims to research and develop conversational technologies to promote mental health and assist people with mental ill health (depression and anxiety) to manage their conditions. The participants will exchange and share their expertise toward this common objective, building a network for exchanging ideas and knowledge between Spain, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom, including academic, non-profit organisations and companies.

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