This year, researchers from the Child Mind Institute’s MATTER Lab received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) small business grant to develop an online mental health platform that uses machine learning to help connect college students to quality, personalized care.
Over the past two decades, studies have consistently found that while at least one-third of college-age students struggle with a mental health disorder, only 25–40% of those youth receive treatment. The coronavirus pandemic has only compounded the situation. Common barriers to care for college students include inadequate university mental health services, stigma and wait times. Typically, students seek help online, where resources for identifying care needs and providing referrals are lacking.
To address this need, MATTER Lab researchers are harnessing our mobile mental health assessment platform MindLogger and partnering with MiResource, a referral management platform. Together, with support from the NIH, we will automate and improve the referral process for college-age youth by bridging online mental health assessments and curated, up-to-date, mental health provider networks.
The support of generous donors like you enables our researchers to bring an innovative, far-sighted approach to improving mental health outcomes for children and young people. As always, we are incredibly grateful for your support.