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Welcome to Chatpal's December
2021 Newsletter

 

In this last Chatpal newsletter of 2021 we reflect on a year well spent and full of many positive developments of the innovative ChatPal App. Enjoy the quarterly round up!

 


New Chatpal Trials Commence 

Short 4-week trials started across Northern Ireland, ROI, Scotland, Finland and Sweden during September and October 2021. The trial results will help ascertain usage and provide vital feedback for the project.

 

Updated Chatpal App

 

As part of the ongoing Chatpal improvements stemming from meetings between partners and developers, the ChatPal App has recently been  updated and is available on Google Play Store on the following link:  



 
Chatpal Goes Multi-Lingual



A multi-lingual Chatpal App released in September 2021 means Chatpal is now available in English, Scottish Gaelic, Swedish and Finnish!

Ensuring all end users in partner countries have easy access is important for the future development of the App and allows for easier benchmarking.

 
Can User Groups Contribute
to Co-design?





The ChatPal team recently published a paper “Chatbots to support mental wellbeing of people living in rural areas and asks the question, can user groups contribute to co-design?” in the Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science.  This study explored what people want and need from a mental wellbeing chatbot. 


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Digital meeting & Workshops for ChatPal Project Discussions
During 2021



A full list of digital discussion is available for those who may have missed out. These outline various workshops, speakers and webinars throughout the year.


Please click below for more information.




 
Research and Science Day:
Tomorrow’s Nursing

(14th September 2021) 



Heidi Nieminen presented “Chatbots in mental health promotion” at the local educational on-line event arranged by North Savonia hospital district.

The aim of the event was to raise interest and introduce current research and bring out new methods in nursing practise and management. 21 people were in attendance for this session, mainly health care professionals.

As background information, the presentation included results from the previous literature review about mental health chatbots. ChatPal project was also introduced (aim and purpose, different phases and next steps). 


 
10th European Conference on Mental Health 2021 (30th September 2021)





Courtney Potts presented “Better mental health with help from AI and chatbots? Experiences from the ChatPal project” at ECMH 2021. This talk included an overview of the toolkit for designing mental health chatbots developed by the Chatpal project team, and included an overview of the steps taken to develop the ChatPal chatbot, as well as lessons learned.

Around 70 people attended the conference on this day, with 20 attendees in this particular session.


 
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