Combating University Depression

I found this article in the Conversation, a journal published from Michigan State University.  The article is talking about the high numbers of students attending University who are suffering from depression in the USA. The numbers are increasing and the mental health services are not able to meet the demands especially in the evenings and weekends.

There is a new a new system being developed for use in diagnosing depression.  It is an App called iSee which will be used with your Smartphone or Smart watch.  Students would carry around there phone or wear their watch and data would be collected by those devices and transmitted to, and analyzed by, a computer system.  This would help with the long waiting lists to see a counselor, and also have a better understanding of the risk factors involved for each student.

I think this would be a great idea the built in sensors would be able to provide more factual data and be able to track physical activity, sleep patterns and screen time.  It will help monitor progress and/or risk patterns.

If you would like more information on this study please click the link below.

The Conversation