If Google asks you if you're depressed — here's why
It’s always nice to know that someone has your back, even if that someone is Google. As of this week, Google will ask you if you are depressed when you search “clinical depression” using the mobile app. When searched, users will now see a Knowledge Panel that gives the option to “check if you’re clinically depressed.”
According to a recent Google blog post, when clicked, that option will bring users to PHQ-9. This is a “clinically validated screening questionnaire” that determines what your depression level might be.
To ensure the test’s accuracy, Google partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI CEO, Mary Giliberti, also released a press statement through the Google blog on their new combined endeavor.
By teaming up with Google, NAMI aspires to provide information to the public regarding depression and how to seek help. NAMI also hopes that the PHQ-9 test results can help depression sufferers have better informed conversations with their doctors.
Similarly, Instagram also employed a feature designed to help those suffering with depression. When #depression is entered into the Instagram search bar, the app directs the user to helplines and gives the user supportive tips to lessen depressive feelings.
You can call the NAMI hotline at 800-950-6264 if you or someone you know is suffering from depression. It’s now easier more than ever to get the help you need, so don’t hesitate to do so. Whether it’s through the Google Knowledge Panel, telling a friend or family member, or calling a hotline, you can take the steps to becoming a happier, healthier person.