In a drive to promote awareness of depression and to prevent suicide, Beijing has started developing an anti-depression app to be used for mobile devices, the Beijing News reports.
The app is reported to have many features, including being able to tell if the user is depressed, monitor the user’s level of anxiety and also will enable them to consult a doctor or chat with a robot to help alleviate stress.
Yang Fude, director of Beijing’s Huilongguan hospital, added that the app could serve as a good tool to help raise awareness and facilitate mental help treatment.
The app is currently in the development stage and is expected to be released in the next three years.
China’s health authorities report that about 287,000 Chinese commit suicide each year and two million attempt it.
By Robert Ridley