USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

SBIR Phase II: Internet-based Software for the Treatment of Depression among…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90973
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0839750
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
C.4
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Simiao Health
641 W. Lake Street Suite 304 Chicago, IL 60661 1308
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: SBIR Phase II: Internet-based Software for the Treatment of Depression among Veterans
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0956637
Award Amount: $516,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II research project seeks to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a Web-based software that provides depression treatment for Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. A recent Pentagon study concluded that returning Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans are currently suffering from "daunting and growing mental health problems" with nearly 1/3 of these military personnel reporting symptoms of mental illness upon their return from combat. A lack of adequate available resources combined with a fear of stigmatization inherent in seeking face-to-face treatment, prevent as many as 77% of these military personnel from ever getting the treatment they need. The proposed innovation will enable the military's mental health professionals to offer an effective, evidence-based and drug-free depression intervention which will effectively mitigate stigma concerns faced by military personnel and will provide treatment at a fraction of the cost of the typical depression interventions available today. The key innovation in this proposed research has the potential to create significant value by 1) allowing VA mental health professionals to provide an easily-accessible, evidence-based and drug-free depression treatment to returning military personnel suffering from depression 2) enabling veterans to seek treatment without having to face the fear of stigmatization inherent in seeking face-to-face treatment within the confines of a mental health care facility 3) reducing the economic burden on the military health care system by providing an effective and scalable depression treatment at a fraction the cost of today's typical depression interventions. With an estimated 5 million veterans and 20 million civilians in the U.S.A suffering from depression, cost-effective and innovative methods to help address this burgeoning healthcare problem are critical. Through further research, this Web-based framework has the potential to extend to many mental health problems that plague our country such as PTSD, Drug Abuse, Anxiety and Alcoholism.

Principal Investigator:

Roger Sweis
7083342243
roger@prevailhs.com

Business Contact:

Roger Sweis
7083342243
roger@prevailhs.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Prevail
641 W. Lake Street Suite 304 Chicago, IL 60661

EIN/Tax ID: 262458212
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No