Google is working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to aid individuals who may suspect they are clinically depressed.

An individual searching for “clinical depression” on Google via a smartphone now will have the option to tap “Check if you’re clinically depressed,” and be directed to a validated questionnaire that can assess a likely level of depression that the individual may have.

An accompanying “Knowledge Panel” gives general information about depression, its symptoms, treatment options and information on the potential need for an in-person evaluation.

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One-fifth of Americans have experienced a depression episode, but only half of them get treatment, notes Mary Giliberti, CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in a blog.

“Statistics show that those who have symptoms of depression experience an average of a 6- to 8-year delay in getting treatment after the onset of symptoms,” according to Giliberti. “We believe that awareness of depression can help empower and educate you, enabling quicker access to treatment.”

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