• Michelle Hebert

Google offering depression test

Google has announced plans for upcoming changes to search results for when someone searches “depression” or “clinical depression.” Google will offer a free depression test; Google explained that the test can be used as a private self-assessment.

A person who searches “depression” or “clinical depression” on Google will be given two options when the results pop up. One option will be a box that can be checked if the person is clinically depressed. The other option will be a depression test that can be used for a private self-assessment. The information will not be stored, but if the person gets the result that they are depressed, he or she should go seek professional help.

One in five Americans will suffer from clinical depression in his or her lifetime. NAMI reported, “Individuals with depression symptoms take an average of six to eight years before they seek professional help.” Gilberti made a statement regarding the hopes for the test: “We hope that by making this information available on Google, more people will become aware of depression and seek treatment to recover and improve their quality of life.”

The National Alliance on Mental Health and Google’s partnership is the reason the test is coming to Google, and the partnership was announced on Aug. 23, 2017. NAMI’s CEO, Mary Gilberti, mentioned how the plan included uses Google to increase the number of people who will get professional help for depression.

The test for depression on Google was the first to be announced, but other mental health tests are expected to be released.