Google launches new tools to help people with anxiety

Google anxiety
Posted at 2:16 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 19:35:03-04

It's no surprise that mental health concerns are on the rise.

A recent survey found one in three people are suffering from some sort of depression or anxiety because of the pandemic.

The first step for a lot of people looking for help is to go online.

That’s why Google is putting out new tools and resources to try to make it easier.

One of the things they just launched Thursday is an anxiety screener.

"If you were to look up anxiety or anxiety disorder, we have a knowledge panel, so different than the blue links that you see on the left. This is curated information around anxiety disorders and you can click now and do a self-assessment, a screener, not diagnostic, but can tell you after seven questions where you fit along the spectrum of potentially having an anxiety disorder," said David Feinberg, head of Google Health.

It's part of a partnership with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Feinberg told News 3 they want to make it as easy as possible for people to get simple, clear information.

"Look at our search queries. So many people have questions about coronavirus, around social distancing, around the mental health aspects. It was really clear that our users are asking for this kind of information, so it really became the number one priority for the organization," said Feinberg.

Feinberg says they don’t want people trying to diagnose themselves online but are hoping this will help get them on the right track to get the help they need.

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