WeCare – Mental healthcare for health professionals

WeCare – Mental healthcare for health professionals
Project number: 2021-2-DE02-KA220-VET-000048914
Implementation period: 01.04.2022 – 31-05-2024
Assistance program: Erasmus+

Project description

The project addresses the need to build resilience among health professionals and develop individual coping strategies related to specific mental health risk factors. The extremely demanding field of work requires a tailored approach to establish a health promoting lifestyle. Training behavioural change is necessary for sustainable integration of a healthy lifestyle, this often goes along with a changing process which must be supported. To this purpose, awareness of the importance of self-care has to be raised and self-efficacy strengthened. Health professionals are facing physical and mental burdens (risk factors) related to their working conditions. Even though health literacy might be high, launching and keeping up health promotive behavior is aggravated due to different working times including night shifts or spontaneous actions, high workload, and emotional and mental burdens. Integrating health promotive behavior in everyday life requires personal (inner) changes, which are not easy to establish. Therefore, it is necessary to raise intrinsic motivation and support health professionals with feasible strategies for healthier living and therefore stay in their jobs (and in the health sector) longer. In the project WeCare we want to provide a mobile app for health professionals which can be used like a (pocket) coach and is available anytime and everywhere to immediately support, promote, train and preserve mental wellbeing in specific working situations.

Target groups:

  • Health professonals
  • Employers, unions, policymakers, actors in health promotion like health insurances and other multipliers

Project results:

  • R1: Requirment analysis – In order to create a relevant outcome with high usability, we need to define the scope and capacity of the app in terms of what it can realistically provide and how this will be achieved. This means we have to analyse thoroughly and define the aspects of the app before the creation process starts
  • R2: WECARE app – The main result of this project will be the WECARE App, which supports mental health of health professionals in a personalised, low-threshold and direct way. The WECARE App’s aim is to relief work-related stress due to health sector specific working conditions.
  • R3: Recommendations – To make the results and findings of our project available and known to the healthcare sector as well as other areas of society and working life, we summarize them in a paper called Recommendations for health promotion activities and transferability to other sectors.

Partners:

JOHANNITER-UNFALL-HILFE EV – BERLIN, Germany (coordinator)

JOHANNITER OSTERREICH AUSBILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH – WIEN, Austria

TRADE UNION OF SEBIAN DOSTORS AND PHARMACISTS – BELGRADE, Serbia

DANMAR COMPUTERS SP ZOO – RZESZOW, Poland

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE – ROMA, Italy

Project website: TBA

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.