ePsychologist

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ePsychologist

Ireland
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Online mental health support available to clients in various languages.
First steep to positive mental health.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Project is addressing mental health awareness in communities across different countries. In our opinion current situation in many countries is: *Long waiting list in public services, lack of early intervention *Private services are accessible but not affordable *Psychotropic drugs overprescribed Our resolution to current situation is: - to offer earlier intervention leading to better mental health - to offer an alternative solution to medical model - to be accessible, clients are able to contact with professional within few days after initial contact - services are affordable, also provides free services Our primary goal is to be accessible, and promote positive psychology without stigmatization. Secondary goal is related to suicide prevention and early mental health intervention.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

ePsychologist project has great space for development in many areas of mental health support. Within this project is possible to offer: - support in different languages - intervention in crisis - information about various services (mental health) - simple counselling - brief psychotherapy - psycho-education Services can be available to very broad age group clients. For implementation of this project we can use newest online technology, and interact with clients more, offering confident and user friendly services.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

ePsychologist website is open and running from 2008. From very beginning over 2500 clients used our online services: - in 2008 350 clients - in 2009 1200 clients (300% growth of client base) - in 2010, up to end of August, 1100 clients, with anticipated 1600 clients by the end of this year (35% growth of client base) Popularity of online psychological service is growing rapidly. We expect constant growth of client base between 25-50% per year. With anticipation of 2500 clients served annually by 2012.
About You
Organization:
PPD - The Psychological Centre
Section 1: You
First Name

Krystian

Last Name

Fikert

Organization

PPD-The Psychological Centre

Country

, DB

Section 2: Your Organization
Organization Name

PPD - The Psychological Centre

Organization Phone

014433961

Organization Address

1 Chelmsford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Organization Country

, DB

Your idea
Country and state your work focuses on

, DB

Innovation
Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact
Actions

1. Accessible website - www.epsychologist.eu
2. Access to ticket system - simple queries to mental health team
3. Online seminars and workshops for groups
4. Psycho-educational modules related to different mental health issues
5. Online brief psychotherapy
6. Corporate packages
7. Networking with professionals across globe
8. Scaling project o all countries

Results

By the end of 2013 we will serve to over 3000 clients online annually.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

2010:
1. Part time psychologist to be employed (15hrs per week)
2. Corporate packages to be lunched in Ireland and UK
3. Brief psychotherapy via skype and msn to be lunched (provided by 3 professionals)
4. 5 additional volunteer professionals to be appointed
5. Peer supervision
6. Evaluation by the end of year
2011:
1. Full time psychologist to be employed (35hrs peer week)
2. 5 volunteer professionals to be appointed
3. Development of online educational modules
4. Scaling services to other countries in Europe and outside Europe
5. Services available in minimum 6 different languages
6. Peer supervision
7. Evaluation by the end of year
2012:
1. Additional full time psychologist to be employed
2. Senior psychologist - online supervision
3. Additional volunteers to be appointed
4. Training modules for providers
5. Evaluation

What would prevent your project from being a success?

* Lack of volunteers
* Lack of funding in early stage of development
* Server downtime
* IT crisis
* Lack of security - confidentiality issues

How many people will your project serve annually?

1001‐10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

In what country?

, DB

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

PPD - The Psychological Centre

How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

* Board of directors is working under strategy implementation
* Advisory Group is helping us with networking and new ideas implementation
* Links with other NGOs are necessary for source of referrals and cross cooperation
* Links with other businesses are very helpful in relation to strategy implementation and financial planing

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

* funding in developmental stage to employ part time psychologist
* preparation attractive business packages for corporations
* appointing 5 more volunteers
* secure server against spam

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

In 2008 I have discovered that not everybody is able to access professional mental health services in Ireland, Poland. Most of people living in suburbs can not afford to travel and pay for specialist. That is why I have decided to build online support system for clients with Internet access. My belief is that Internet coverage is constantly growing to level where almost everyone will have access. My belief is that people are more interacting in INTERNET on daily basis from year to year. Time spend on online services is rapidly growing. We can include psycho-education, access to mental health support behind social services. We can promote positive mental health better through social networking sites.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

In 2004, I moved to Ireland from Poland where I previously worked as a psychologist. Over time I was alarmed to find out that navigating the Irish health system for clients is much more complicated than I had been accustomed to back in Poland. For example, it typically takes 18 months from the time when the GP of an Irish patient refers them for specialist mental health care in Ireland to the time when they’re actually seen by a psychologist or psychiatrist. In comparison, a crisis intervention in Poland can happen almost instantly. Also, the Irish system appears to be set up to provide clients with zero levels of support or a full, psychiatry-level of intervention when most people in Ireland would benefit from having a lighter level of intervention when they first start encountering mental health issues.
I therefore decided to start up a more flexible model of support that could treat people when and where they needed it most. I wanted to create a service that was the first call for people, when they knew they had to make the toughest call they might ever have to make. I did this by getting other licensed psychologists involved who, like myself, had immigrated to Ireland from countries which provided lighter and more flexible models of support and were happy to support their local communities to have improved mental health outcomes. I called this The PPD – the Psychological Centre.
This is a new and unique model of intervention which has the potential to support thousands of people with mental health problems every year in Ireland. In recognition of my innovative approach and model, I received an award from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland in 2009 and most recently, I won the Social Entrepreneur category of the David Manley Awards.

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