The Nimbus Research Centre, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), in collaboration with the ChatPal INTERREG NPA consortium, led by the University of Ulster, build on similar technical use-cases (industrial training, marketing research) and examines the use of conversational interfaces to assist with mental health and wellbeing programmes. The application of chatbots in citizens’ daily lives is ever increasing and the future suggests a seamless use of chatbots in how we work, communicate and learn. This technology presents opportunities to target citizens in remote locations where access to 24/7 mental health and wellbeing supports are not available.
This abstract aims to conduct a baseline analysis of current technology solutions in the mental health and wellbeing space. It leans towards mentioned mental health organisations, and relevant professionals, to assess the situation on the ground. It prioritises relevant use cases and commences a process to design optimum chatbot solutions. This paper provides evidence of chatbot success in similar domains, challenges arising from technical insufficiencies, user-experience constraints, and recommendations from lessons learned. This research paves the way for the deployment of suitable chatbot solutions as part of the ChatPal INTERREG NPA project.
The Nimbus Research Centre also acknowledges the support of ChatPal consortium associate partner Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) and CIT’s Department of Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies for the research presented in this paper.
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 3 Oct 2019|
|Event||European Conference on Mental Health - Belfast, United Kingdom|
Duration: 2 Oct 2019 → 4 Oct 2019
|Conference||European Conference on Mental Health|
|Period||2/10/19 → 4/10/19|