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Texas A&M researchers investigating if students can monitor mental health through smartwatch

Posted at 10:23 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 23:23:35-05

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Texas A&M researchers are developing a tool that could allow students to monitor their mental health through their smartwatch.

The tool is called Mental Health Evaluation and Lookout, or M-HELP.

The device is triggered by anxiety patterns, like your heart rate, and prompt the wearer to start therapeutic activities.

Farzan Sasangohar, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering, said the goal is to monitor, "What happens right now in therapy sessions, and share that with physicians and providers."

The program is the first of its kind, and could be used as a model for integrating mobile-enabled technologies into mental health care in other communities.