What is M-Gender and what is it about?
The M-Gender project stands for "Mental Health and Gender - Development and testing of a digital intervention for health promotion among informal caregivers". Even though caring for relatives is often perceived as enriching or meaningful, it can be stressful for the caregiver. Although informal care is primarily provided by women, men are also increasingly taking on more caregiving responsibilities. For many people, informal caregiving is associated with impairments to caregivers’ health and well-being. These impairments are sometimes perceived differently by women and men, which suggests different needs in terms of health promotion.
So far, there are only a few health promotion offers that are specifically tailored to the needs of informal caregivers. Digital approaches in particular have the advantage of being independent of time and that they can be tailored to the needs of the users. At the same time, digital approaches may entail practical obstacles.
The M-Gender project aims to identify central needs and requirements for a health promotion program for informal caregivers. For this purpose, we would like to conduct personal interviews with caregiving women and men. The results will be incorporated into the development process of a digital intervention to promote mental health among informal caregivers. The development of the intervention takes place in regular workshops with users, researchers, and representatives of associations, self-help groups and healthcare providers who are committed to informal caregiving. The M-Gender project is financed by the GKV Alliance for Health and carried out by the Leibniz-Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS and the University of Bremen.
Joint intervention development in the Gesundheitswerkstatt Osterholz - How does co-design work?
In order to incorporate the needs and requirements of caring women, men and gender-diverse persons to a greater extent than is the case with existing health promotion offers, the planned intervention is to be developed in co-design: As potential users of the intervention, informal caregivers are equally involved in the development process as are researchers, stakeholders from healthcare services, community workers and other interested parties.
The joint intervention development will take place in regular co-design workshops in the premises of the Gesundheitswerkstatt Osterholz. The Gesundheitswerkstatt Osterholz is a branch of the BIPS located on the grounds of the Ellener Hof. It is intended to facilitate contact and cooperation with the residents of the district and other key actors in Bremen Osterholz.
Who are our cooperation partners?
The cooperation partners of the M-Gender project include the following institutions:
Demenz Informations- und Koordinationsstelle, DIKS e.V.
Zentrum für Migranten und interkulturelle Studien, ZIS e.V.
The M-Gender project is financed by the GKV Alliance for Health. The project duration is 36 months (April 2021 to March 2024).