In the 21st Century, you would be hard-pressed to find a young adult without a smartphone. The same for a young adult who does not spend a significant amount of time using social media platforms. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are perhaps the most common social media accounts among young people. It is not uncommon for young people to posts things that could be construed as cries for help. In some cases, one’s social media peers will notice that something is awry and offer to help. However, with billions of social media users how can every case of untreated depression be identified.
Spotting Signs of Depression
Last year, Facebook announced the use of an algorithm that can comb users’ posts and identify people who may need help. Such users will be flagged, and a team will reach out to the individual in question. Connecting such users with mental health services. Facebook is not the only platform that could be used as a tool for identifying people in need of mental health services. Research indicates that Instagram also could be used as a mental health tool, identifying users with depression, The New York Times reports. The researchers used machine-learning tools that identify patterns in pictures, giving them a model for predicting depression. The findings were published in the journal EPJ Data Science.