Google users in the US will now be prompted with a questionnaire if they search for the term ‘clinical depression’.
Google is hoping to use its dominance in the online search world to help those who feel they might be depressed, and try to get them the help they need.
As part of a partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Google users in the US who search for the term ‘clinical depression’ on mobile devices will be presented with a questionnaire that will try to determine if the person has depression.
The set of questions are based on the PHQ-9 standardised test, which is generally used to see if a person could be unknowingly experiencing the condition, though it is not 100pc accurate.
Rather, the end goal of the project is to raise awareness of depression, particularly among the younger generation, as only about 50pc of people in the US who …