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Help shape the future of innovative technologies for mental health

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Wearables prototype developed by Muhammad Umair at Lancaster Uni
Wearables prototype developed by Muhammad Umair at Lancaster Uni
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A free public engagement event in Lancaster will allow people to try out wearables tech being developed at Lancaster University as part of the AffecTech project — a research initiative developing new digital technologies to help people with depression, anxiety and bipolar.

The event takes place at the Reading and Writing Room, Storey Arts Centre, in Lancaster City Centre (Near Lancaster Railway Station) on Tuesday May 14th 2019.

Those interested can find out more and sign up for free on Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/affectech-workshop-tickets-60463662442

The workshop is organised by the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University which coordinates the AffecTech project, a digital mental health research project, which includes partners such as the NHS, Philips the technology company and Oxford University.

“This will be an exciting opportunity to network with leading partners from the digital health and mental health sector, and learn more about innovations in wearable technologies for mental health,” explains Corina Sas, Professor of Digital Health at Lancaster University, who will introduce members of her research team from the AffecTech project at the event who will then present and invite feedback on their innovative findings.

The four-year AffecTech project is funded by the European Commission in order to contribute cutting-edge research and development into wearable systems for emotion regulation, to help advance understanding of how personalised technology can empower people to better understand their emotions and regulate them in daily life.

Led by Lancaster University’s Professor Sas in the UK, AffecTech brings together researchers from 11 leading institutions across Europe, including Lancaster University.

Professor Sas explains: “Affective disorders, such as stress, depression and bipolar conditions, are estimated to be among the highest ranking causes of disease by 2020. The potential social impact of wearable health devices for these disorders is vast because emotional awareness and regulation are invaluable for daily functioning.

“Our project marks a significant shift from current wearable technologies that capture emotional responses that then need interpreting by health professionals, to low-cost self-help technologies for visualising, exploring and regulating emotions that people may be able to use in their daily lives.”

More on the project can be found at: http://www.affectech.org/
 

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