The University of California, Los Angeles has taken a big step toward helping people deal with their divorce by providing a free online service for those struggling with marital distress.
Lincoln University researchers recently developed a computer program to help people identify patterns of depression and other mental health issues.
That’s something that’s been around for years, but it’s only been in the last few years that it’s been brought to the attention of doctors.
The goal is to use that information to help women and men who are in a deep-seated depression and suicidal ideation.
Livestreaming, video chat and a “mental health assessment” program will also be offered for free to people who have not yet been diagnosed with depression.
The new service is part of a larger research effort to develop new treatments for mental health problems, said Dr. Paul S. Schaffner, the lead researcher for the project.
The research focuses on the relationship between depression and physical health, and how we treat one when we are ill or injured.LISD’s Schaff, who is also the director of the Center for Health and the Environment, said the university has been interested in the use of computers to help identify mental health concerns.
He said there are more than 20,000 people in the U.S. who are at risk for depression, and many of them are men who have experienced a severe illness.
The university’s mental health experts believe there is a correlation between depression symptoms and physical symptoms, so the new service should help women who are experiencing the same symptoms as men who also have depression.
“Our goal is not to treat all people, but we want to treat those people that are more likely to be at risk,” Schaff said.LIVESTREAMING, VIDEO CHAT AND A “MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT” PROGRAM will be offered to people with depression and/or suicidal ideations.SCHIFFNER said the service is a small but promising step toward the development of new treatments.
He noted that the program could be expanded to include people who are not currently using computers or the internet.
“We hope to have a service for everyone,” Schiffner said.
“This will be a first step, but if this becomes a more widely available service, we will continue to work on developing a solution.”
Schaff said the goal of the research is to help clinicians identify how to best treat depression and provide them with better, personalized care.
“What we want is to find a way to address this issue through the most efficient and effective way possible, he said.
For more information on the study, visit the Lincoln website: http://lincoln.edu/health-studies/research-center/counseling-the-disease-and-suicide-diversity/resources-and/depression-and.html?section=health-discovery