Mental health monitoring through interactive conversations


MENHIR is...

Mental health monitoring through interactive conversations (MENHIR) is an H2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) project. The MENHIR project aims to research and develop conversational technologies to promote mental health and assist people with mental ill health (mild depression and anxiety) manage their conditions.

What is the MENHIR Project about?

During this 4 years the 8 partners will work together in several areas such emotion recognition in speech, automatic conversation management, mental health, and other multidisciplinary topics. This project aims to serve as a step further in conversational technologies researching new areas and producing new tools to assist people with anxiety and mild depression.

How does MENHIR work?

Providing new insights and opportunities for multidisciplinary and cross-sectorial synergies

MENHIR aims to create a transdisciplinary, cross-sectorial and international network to go beyond the current state of art of conversational systems and boost their potential to have a positive impact in mental health.


Providing a solid basis for the future

MENHIR results will allow to gain understanding on how technology can support and improve the wellbeing of people with mental ill health. This will set the basis for the development of a new generation of personalized conversational assistants.

Strenghts of MENHIR chatbot science

Conversational support 24/7

The developed technology will help to implement chatbots that can serve as a conversational counterpart to singpost resources, monitor wellbeing, provide useful information and enhance motivation.

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Emotion monitoring

MENHIR provides support for linguistic and paralinguistic feature-based emotion recognition from speech to provide estimations of the user's emotion, which will be coupled with estandardizad questionnaires to give a long-term overview of their state.


We are a consortium of 8 partners (5 academic institutions, 2 companies and 1 non-profit organization) with different backgrounds: information and communication technologies, psychology and cognitive science, conversational systems and cross-modal emotion analysis. 


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Thank you!

By Zoraida Callejas | December 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

2019 has been the year when MENHIR has started, and it has brought wonderful experiences for all members of the MENHIR family. We have compiled some of them in this video as a thank you note to everybody who has been involved: researchers and staff, co-creation participants, workshop collaborators and attendess, and the followers of …

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Data recording season

By Zoraida Callejas | November 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

End of October, November and December will be the months for the initial MENHIR data collection. We are recording interviews that will allow our scientists to teach chatbots how to identify negative states in the user’s voice. Such a fantastic work for recruitment and interviewing by Action Mental Health and New Life Counselling. Massive thanks …

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MENHIR promoting STEM among high school students

By Zoraida Callejas | October 3, 2019 | 1 Comment

From 5th to 15th November the University of Granada (UGR) will host the Week of Science (Semana de la Ciencia). During the week,UGR will receive high school students to talk them among its research initiatives and why it is worth it to pursue a career in Science and Technology. MENHIR will be presented by its coordinator as an …

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NII Shonan Meeting on Spoken Multimodal Dialogue Systems Technology for Pervasive Computing

By Zoraida Callejas | September 30, 2019 | 1 Comment

Our colleagues Wolfgang Minker (Ulm University) and Zoraida Callejas (University of Granada) together with Keiichi Yasumoto (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan) are organizing a NII Shonan Meeting on Spoken Multimodal Dialogue Systems Technology for Pervasive Computing, that is taking place from 30th September to 3rd October in Shonan, Japan. NII Shonan Meeting is …

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MENHIR at the XXXV Int. Conf. of the Spanish Society for Natural Language

By Zoraida Callejas | September 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The MENHIR project has been presented by Zoraida Callejas at the Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language. The slides are openly available in the downloads section!

Special session in IWSDS2020

By Zoraida Callejas | September 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Splendid news! Our proposal for a special session on “Dialogue systems for mental e-health” in the 11th International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue System Technology (Madrid, May 2020) has been accepted. More info coming soon!!

Intense August in MENHIR 🙂

By Zoraida Callejas | August 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

MENHIR is non-stop and we continue working during August. We have had several secondments to UVA and GLOBIT involving participants from AMH and UPV/EHU, and also visits to UULM. See the testimonials section for more information!

AMH, UVA and UGR collaboration

By Zoraida Callejas | July 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

During July we have had several secondments from senior and early stage researchers from Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli and Universidad de Granada to Action Mental Health. During this period, we could collaborate to define a strategy for the objectives and procedures for emotion analysis and define the first data structures for user and dialogue …

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MENHIR Meeting with InvestNI

By Zoraida Callejas | July 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today Claire Griffin showed colleagues from Action Mental Health, University of Granada and Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli how Invest NI supports Northern Ireland’s participation in H2020. We discussed about MENHIR and its local and EU impact.

Co-creation workshop

By Zoraida Callejas | June 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today we have held a co-creation workshop in Action Mental Health Newtonards where we have shared very insightful ideas about how to design conversational technologies for mental health. The idea behind co-creation is not to design technology for its prospective users but with them. This enables people who can benefit from the technology to make …

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Secondments initiated/performed


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