Healthy Mind


Involving students in R+I

Health interventions related to emotional wellbeing designed and implemented with and for students in collaboration with educators, researchers, patient associations, politicians and companies.

Who’s behind it?

The IrsiCaixa Living Lab for Health, in coordination with the Catalan Xplore Health educational programme cluster and the European EnRRICH project.

Who’s involved?

A total of 15 pilot schools and four research centres and universities in Catalonia: the Centre for Environmental Epidemiology Research, the Health Sciences Educational Research Group at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), the Mental Health and Social Innovation Research Group (SaMIS) at the University of Vic and the Health Sciences Research Group at the University of Barcelona.

How do we do it?

We apply RRI quality criteria as inspired by the European Science Shop and Living Lab models and also include CBPR, open innovation and participatory governance.

Healthy Mind: Mental Health for and with young people

Project phases

  • Selection of theme. Students choose stress and depression as a major issue for working on (January 2015).
  • Collective needs agenda. Students prioritize needs and interest in the subject (January-April 2015).
  • Contact with researchers and NGOs. RRI projects that respond to needs are co-designed (September-December 2015).
  • Community research. RRI projects are implemented in cooperation between researchers, students and teachers (January-May 2016).
  • Completed product. "Decalogue of recommendations on promoting emotional wellbeing", developed with public health experts and patient associations (April-May 2016).
  • Presentation of results. CaixaForum conference (May 2016).

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