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PROMOTING MENTAL WELLBEING IN THE AGEING URBAN POPULATION: DETERMINANTS, POLICIES AND INTERVENTIONS IN EUROPEAN CITIES

Objective

Major depressive disorder, dementia, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse affect a substantial part of the European older population. Over 70% of Europeans reside in cities, and this percentage will increase in the next decades. Urbanization and ageing have enormous implications for public mental health. Cities pose major challenges for older citizens, but also offer opportunities for the design of policies, clinical and public health interventions that promote mental health. The overall aim of the MINDMAP project is to identify the opportunities offered by the urban environment for the promotion of mental wellbeing and cognitive function of older individuals in Europe. The project will advance understanding by bringing together longitudinal studies across cities in Europe, the US and Canada to unravel the causal pathways and multi-level interactions between the urban environment and the social, behavioural, psychosocial and biological determinants of mental health and cognitive function in older adults. Specifically, the project will (a) assess the impact of the urban environment on the mental wellbeing and disorders associated with ageing, and estimate the extent to which exposure to specific urban environmental factors and policies explain differences in ageing-related mental and cognitive disorders both within as well as between European cities, (b) assess the causal pathways and interactions between the urban environment and the individual determinants of mental health and cognitive ageing in older adults, (c) use agent-based modelling to simulate the effect of urban environmental, prevention and care policies on the trajectories of mental health and cognitive ageing across cities in Europe. Knowledge will significantly contribute to future-proof preventive strategies in urban settings favouring the mental dimension of healthy ageing, the reduction of the negative impact of mental disorders on co-morbidities, and maintaining cognitive ability in old age.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/substance abuse
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/psychiatry
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/psychiatry/anxiety disorders

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2015-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM
Address
Dr Molewaterplein 40
3015 GD Rotterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 188 250

Participants (14)

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 44 809,46
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 400 770
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 294 666,25
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING VU

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
EU contribution
€ 402 235
Address
Rue De Tolbiac 101
75654 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
ALBERTINEN-KRANKENHAUS/ALBERTINEN-HAUS GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 397 122,50
Address
Suntelstrasse 11A
22457 Hamburg
Activity type
Other
AZIENDA SANITARIA LOCALE TO3
Italy
EU contribution
€ 338 125
Address
Via Martiri Xxx Aprile 30
10093 Collegno
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
DREXEL UNIVERSITY
United States
EU contribution
€ 399 720
Address
3201 Arch Street
19104 Philadelphia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MCMASTER UNIVERSITY
Canada
EU contribution
€ 400 191,25
Address
1280 Main St West
L8S 4L8 Hamilton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
The Research Institute of the Mc Gill University Health Centre
Canada
EU contribution
€ 367 525
Address
Guy Street 2155
H3H 2R9 Montreal
Activity type
Research Organisations
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 567 523,75
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING VUMC
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 400 665
Address
De Boelelaan 1117
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 141 556,79
Address
Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments