Center for Innovation in Mental Health and Technology

The Center for Innovation in Mental Health and Technology is committed to developing, researching, and implementing innovative solutions that are scientifically sound, extremely relevant, and useful to end-users. The Center's mission is to improve emotional and mental health by making knowledge and care universally accessible and usable through meaningful innovative digital solutions.

Our activities

The Center for Innovation in Mental Health and Technology works to improve mental health through:

  • researching, developing, and implementing e-Mental Health interventions in the Netherlands and abroad;
  • collaborating with stakeholders;
  • creating new knowledge, policy, products, and implementation strategies; and
  • using a multidisciplinary approach ranging from prevention to treatment for a variety of target groups.

What do we offer?

The Center provides:

  • development of e-Mental Health applications (interventions, programs and modules);
  • research into new or existing e-Mental Health programs;
  • implementation of e-Mental Health within organizations and institutions;
  • development and/or provision of workshops and education; and
  • advice and consultancy services related to the above activities.

"A serious shortage of professional health care staff is expected by 2020. The use of e-health services can overcome that shortage to a significant degree, especially in terms of providing health care information. Face-to-face contacts can then be more targeted. For that to succeed, investment is needed in the long-term implementation of e-mental health."

Support from the Center

Increasingly, mental health care providers, hospitals, insurance companies, employers, municipalities, schools & universities, and the pharmaceutical industry are looking to expand their regular offerings and services with e-(Mental) Health programs. The Center of Innovation in Mental Health and Technology provides support to successfully develop, research, and/or implement e-Mental Health within these organizations and their clients.

The Center for Innovation in Mental Health and Technology can help organizations make e-Health a regular part of their organization by assisting them in each of the following arenas:

  • Definition of e-Health vision: Creating a shared vision on e-Health. Why start with e-Health? What can e-Health do for their organization?
  • Strategy & Business Plan: Defining background and relevance of the solution, focusing on their target group, creating a SWOT analysis and defining goals, formulating strategies, and linking them to an action plan and drafting general requirements.
  • Requirements Mapping: Creating a set of requirements and recommendations, in co-creation with target groups, which includes the definition of personas, theoretical background, content, functional, organizational and technical requirements. All the input results in a blueprint for the development of the solution/product.
  • Development: Includes creation of content, UX/graphic design of digital solutions, and programming the prototype. This phase results in the delivery of an alpha product (prototype).
  • Test, Learn, and Adapt: In this phase, testing is conducted by developers, including an evaluation with the target group. All the findings is analyzed and categorized to create the proper adaptation: remix and improve. The outcome is the first release of the product.
  • Implementation and Communication: Improvement of back-office functionalities, development of documentation, protocols and manuals, creation of the implementation plan, training professionals, evaluation, and monitoring.
    Research: Research design aimed specifically at e-Health interventions, (cost-) effectiveness research (see the Center for Mental Health and Economic Evaluation), selection of research tools, definition of the online database, and recruitment plan within different (digital) channels, among others. 


The Center carries out projects in the fields of policy, research, and practice; this work strives to concentrate strengths by exchanging knowledge and expertise between researchers, policymakers, and professionals in the field.


Color your life

Color your life is an evidence-based and successful blended program for those with depressive symptoms. Developed and researched by the Trimbos Institute, Color your life offers a variety of services and advice, including tailored telephone intake sessions, videos, exercises and activities, and online diary prompts. Color your life can be done as a part of a larger treatment plan or independently.

Colour your life had been implemented in primary care. Download the report for the results of the implementation in Dutch general practices and the lessons learned.

For more information, contact Odile Smeets

Dementia glasses

Through Dementia Glasses, professional and lay caregivers can experience dementia themselves with virtual reality glasses that simulate the experiences of those with dementia. In addition to the virtual reality glasses, caregivers are offered further education about dementia through an e-learning program. A test version of Dementia Glasses will be tested by forty informal caregivers in the fall of 2016. Dementia Glasses are being developed in cooperation with the foundation Into D’mentia, Coolminds, and Ijsfontein. Funding has been provided by the Dutch Alzheimer Foundation and the PGGM Stimulation Foundation.

Overview e-health in dementia & aging

For more information, contact Marjolein Veerbeek - Senster

Vital signs for mental health

The website Vital Signs for Mental Health was developed by the Trimbos Institute to support mental fitness. The website includes a self-assessment for those struggling with stress, mental wellness, shyness, and/or mental illness. The results of the assessment show the user's level of the mental fitness and provide advice on ways to improve mental fitness when needed. The website also includes news and tips about mental health disorders, as well as general information about different types of health disorders.

For more information, contact Odile Smeets