Adding up your mental health
Outliers notes a new campaign is encouraging Americans to take an online test to screen for common mental illnesses. Advocacy group Mental Health America is partnering with M3 Information to let anyone take a three-minute screening at bit.ly/13PCqqp for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. At the end, you receive a number that evaluates your mental health.
The campaign is aligned with Mental Health Awareness Month, which had triggered a number of new campaigns, ads and mobile programs aimed at helping people track and monitor their moods. A new mobile app called Mood Watch will even generate a weekly report that collects a user’s daily emotions, sleep quality and blood pressure.
However, those trying to follow the “What’s Your Number” campaign on Twitter may run into some pop culture interference. Seems the campaign’s name and corresponding hashtag is identical to a 2011 movie starring Anna Faris, and is used by a number of Twitter users seeking a friendly phone conversation with Faris’ co-star Chris Evans. And it’s also the hot new single from the Irish twin pop sensations known as Jedward. No, Outliers had never heard of them either. Think of a pair of Gaelic Justin Biebers.
Now that’s depressing.