Young people are at the centre of efforts to predict mental health and wellbeing. The digital traces of your activities online and on social media are being used already to estimate young people’s risk of developing mental health challenges. It is important to know who is at risk so that they can get help early. Issues like the privacy of digital data and the potential for mental health stigma must also be taken seriously.
We created the game ‘Tracing Tomorrow’ to empower young people to have a voice in national debates about technologies that predict risk of mental health outcomes.
Our aims are to:
- Empower young people to raise their voices
- Ensure that national policy represents young people’s values and priorities
- Conduct world-leading research to make it all happen.
Our ability to represent a diversity of young people’s voices depends on their participation in our research.
We will keep personal information confidential and won’t share it with anyone outside our research team. We only use anonymised data for research purposes
We will NEVER use personally identifying data for research without your explicit consent
Focus of our research
Tracing Tomorrow is part of our research to investigate the different aspects of using digital data to monitor mental health and wellbeing.
What is digital phenotyping?
Digital phenotyping occurs when internet and mobile phone tech is used to collect digital data about us and to assess and monitor signs of mental wellbeing in someone.
How data can prevent mental health problems?
Our experience of mental health is different and the causes behind illness can be complex. Large volunteers of data from people of different backgrounds could help us understand which factors contribute to someone developing a mental health problem and therefore intervene early or provide better treatment.
Read more in this post on MQ, a mental health research charity.
How can technology help mental health problems?
BeGOOD researches the social and ethical implications of technology being used to prevent and treat mental health problems.
AI and mental health:
Should we use AI to prevent you from getting the blues?
Would you trust a chatbot therapist?
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