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AI Technology App to Tackle Mental Health Issues

Hume Bank
12/02/2018

People suffering from mental health issues may be able to access support whenever they need it soon thanks to the development of a mental health app.

In Australia, the mental health professionals are struggling to cope with the daily needs of their 3. 7 million patients. Sadly, there are similar numbers estimated to be undiagnosed, suffering in silence due to the embarrassment, cost, and lack of access to an available mental health professional, especially in regional and rural settings.

Alex Sweetman won the $10,000 Hume Bank Lifetech Challenge in October 2017 to go towards the cost of developing his concept for the ‘Lift me Up’ smartphone app which harnesses the power of Artificial Intelligence Technology.

The AI, as it’s known, within the app will analyse the person’s behaviour and proactively send them a range of recognised counselling strategies to help lift them up and get them through their day or night. It is hoped it can link them to available mental health professionals!

Alex has been working hard in the planning stages with his advisory team over the last few months and is now calling on stakeholder feedback to help bring his concept to life and identify volunteers to design and trial a prototype.

If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with a mild mental health condition, you’re invited to have your say in the development of the app and/or volunteer to trial it via an anonymous online survey, or stakeholder forums scheduled for 1st and 2nd March in Albury-Wodonga.

Click here to download a copy of the Project Overview.

To sign up for the Stakeholder Forums, follow the links below:

Stakeholder forums March 1 Albury

Stakeholder forums March 2 Wodonga