Project data

  • Reference: 634757
  • Year of concession: 2015
  • Duration: 1/9/2015 – 08/31/2019 (4 years)
  • Financing Program: Horizon 2020
  • Funding Entity:  European Union

Coordinator: Corina Jacobi (Technische Universitaet Dresden)

IP at the UVEG UVEG: Rosa Mª Baños Rivera

UVEG research team:

  • Rocío Herrero
  • Tamara Escrivá
  • Marian Martínez
  • Sara Fonseca

Partners of the Consortium:

–  Jennifer Beecham (London School of Economics and Political Science)

– Thomas Berger (Universität Bern)

– Cristina Botella (Universitat Jaume I)

– Heleen Riper (Stichting VU-VUMC)

– David Daniel Ebert (Friedrich-Alexander University)

– Megan Jones (Medizinische Universität Wien)

– Michael P. Schaub (Universität Zürich)

– Ulrike Schmidt (King’s College London)

– Mark Willems (Minddistrict Holding)



Brief description of the Project: The empirical basis of Internet-administered interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental health problems has rapidly increased in the last decade. However, today, many European countries have not implemented these strategies in their health systems. People at risk or with mental health problems who are interested in using online interventions often cannot access evidence-based interventions. The objective of ICare  researchers, from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, is to change this situation by implementing a comprehensive model of mental health promotion in Europe. ICare is aimed to detect risks, prevent illnesses, and provide access to evidence-based interventions for the most prevalent mental health problems and disorders in society, such as anxiety, depression, bulimia and anorexia using a common online platform.
ICare is designed to improve existing health models, open new access roads, and overcome implementation barriers. ICare seeks to address different objectives of the EU health policy (European Commission eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020): improve the quality of healthcare, improve access to healthcare, improve the effectiveness and acceptance of online healthcare tools).

Our participation consists of: Development and execution of three controlled trials:

CORE: Intervention to  promote resilience in students at risk of developing adaptive disorders






PREVENT: Transdiagnostic intervention to prevent the appearance of common mental health disorders

HEALTHY TEENS: Transdiagnostic intervention to prevent the appearance of eating disorders and obesity in adolescents in the school context

Associated publications:

Jones Bell, M., Zeiler, M., Herrero, R., Kuso, S., Nitsch, M., Etchemendy, E., Fonseca-Baeza, S., Oliver, E., Adamcik, T., Karwautz, A.,Wagner, G., Baños, R., Botella, C.,  Görlich, D., Jacobi, C., & Waldherr, K. (2018). Healthy Teens @ School: Evaluating and disseminating transdiagnostic preventive interventions for eating disorders and obesity for adolescents in school settings. Internet Interventions, 16, 65-75.  http://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2018.02.007

Weisel, K. K., Zarski, A. C., Berger, T., Krieger, T., Schaub, M. P., Moser, C. T., Berking, M., Dey, M., Botella, C., Baños, R., Herrero, R., Etchemendy, E., Riper, H., Cuijpers, P., Bolinski, F., Kleiboer, A., Görlich, D., Beecham, J., Jacobi, C., Ebert, D. D. (2018). Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of guided and unguided internet- and mobile-based indicated transdiagnostic prevention of depression and anxiety (ICare Prevent): A three-armed randomized controlled trial in four European countries. Internet Interventions, 16, 52–64. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2018.04.002

Herrero, R., Mira, A., Cormo, G., Etchemendy, E., Baños, R., García-Palacios, A., Ebert, D., Franke, M., Berger, T., Schaub, M., Goerlich, D., Jacobi, C., & Botella, C. (2019). An Internet based intervention for improving resilience and coping strategies in university students: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Internet Interventions, 16, 43–51. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2018.03.005

Beecham, J., Bonin, E. M., Görlich, D., Baños, R., Beintner, I., Buntrock, C., … Jacobi, C. (2019). Assessing the costs and cost-effectiveness of ICare internet-based interventions (protocol). Internet Interventions, 16, 12–19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2018.02.009

Beintner, I., Görlich, D., Berger, T., Ebert, D. D., Zeiler, M., Herrero Camarano, R., … Jacobi, C. (2019). Interrelations between participant and intervention characteristics, process variables and outcomes in online interventions: A protocol for overarching analyses within and across seven clinical trials in ICare. Internet Interventions, 16, 86–97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2018.05.001

Palma-Gómez, A., Herrero, R., Baños, R. et al. Efficacy of a self-applied online program to promote resilience and coping skills in university students in four Spanish-speaking countries: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 20, 148 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-020-02536-w