News  |  ,   |  July 1, 2019

Technology could change how we address mental health, if we can navigate the ethical dilemmas

News article by Emma Charlton.
Published by the World Economic Forum as part of the Annual Meeting of New Champions.


Where to draw the line between policing and protecting is an age-old ethical dilemma, and one that’s felt keenly when it comes to mental health.

A range of technological solutions to aid wellbeing and mental health have emerged in recent years. For example, it’s now technically possible to gauge someone’s state of mind by monitoring their posts on Facebook or Twitter.

But when would it be acceptable for the emergency services to show up or a doctor or counsellor to intervene?

These questions are addressed in a report launched at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China.

It’s a pressing topic, since one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives and around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions. [ . . . ]