The Dutch youth care organization Spirit, CWI and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) join forces in the new innovation activity of EIT Digital “G-Moji” ‒ a smartphone application to improve lives of youth at risk. G-Moji aims to support youth with mental health issues. In recent years,

in the Netherlands, budgets for youth aid decreased by roughly 24% while more and more young people need mental healthcare with complex needs. The new intervention is targeted at youth professionals working with youth at-risk to support personalized decision making and interventions of young clients with mental problems. The analysis of big data – collected through the usage of the new smartphone application – will help professionals predict the mental state and behavioral patterns of youth aged between 16 and 24 years. By using the smartphone, youth and professionals inform each other real-time about problematic situations which should result in reducing clinical treatments and improving ambulatory treatment. Potentially, this will lead to better tailor-made care, on-distance if suitable. The current use of smartphones by this group allows for a wide range of big data measurements through self-monitoring and hard- and software sensors embedded in the mobile phone. The measurements make it possible to detect mental, emotional and behavioral youth problems quickly, resulting in a more effective and customized intervention than conventional solutions such as questionnaires and interviews. In this project, CWI will be responsible for analyzing the data obtained from mobile and social interaction, physical activity and speech recognition. Based on these analyses CWI will develop and evaluate forecasting models for interventions.  
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