The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Google have joined forces to educate the public about depression and how to deal with it. A nine-question survey helps determine the level of your depression, as well as recommends resources for treatment. Whether Google is the right innovation to deal with depression remains to be seen. However, this innovation is sure to bring in more business. This article discusses Google Depression’s benefits and risks.
Although one in five Americans experiences clinical depression at some point in their life, only half of those individuals receive treatment. Project Amber was developed by X, an innovation lab at Alphabet. The device measures electrical activity in the brain to diagnose depression. The prototype is similar to a swim cap and measures the brain’s electrical activity. The company hopes to spread the technology to the wider healthcare community to increase awareness of depression and suicide.