FSHS to work with Meru Health Oy to investigate a digital therapy programme for depression
Mar 5, 2018
The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) and Meru Health Oy are to work together to investigate a digital therapy programme for depression developed by Meru Health. The randomised and controlled study is designed to assess the efficacy, usability and functionality for university students of a smart phone-based therapy programme. A total of 120 students with depression will be recruited to the study from FSHS’s units all over Finland.
Psychiatric disorders pose the biggest threat to students’ ability to study, because they make studying much more difficult. According to studies by the FSHS, about one-fifth of all students have symptoms of depression and anxiety.
“The number of depression diagnoses in students treated at the FSHS has increased by 50% within the last ten years. New ways are needed to help these students. We are excited to join forces with Meru Health to investigate how a digital therapy programme for depression works in students”, says Pauli Tossavainen, Mental Health Medical Director at the FSHS.
“We’re delighted to join a research project with the FSHS to develop the treatment of depression in students. Meru Health’s therapy programme, which is used via a smart phone application, offers a real-time digital contact with a therapist, and the preliminary outcomes achieved through the programme are promising”, continues the doctor in charge of the study, Anu Raevuori, Medical Director at Meru Health.
The Finnish Student Health Service
The FSHS produces student healthcare services for about 125,000 university students in Finland every year.
Meru Health is a health technology and service company based in Helsinki and California in the USA. Their team has developed an 8-week digital therapy programme for depression. The programme is used primarily via a smart phone and includes a therapist and an anonymous peer support group. Meru Health is working to help and empower persons with depression.