Nearly 1 billion people live with a mental disorder. In low-income countries, more than 75% of people with mental disorders do not receive treatment. Behavioral health resources for prevention and diagnosis are lacking. There is no quantifiable measure of what mental health is. There are no biomarkers for depression. Diagnosis is subjective. Impact of interventions are hard to measure.
An XPRIZE for mental health should:
- Better allocate scarce resources.
- Expand access to treatment.
- Reduce anxiety, depression, and suicides.
- Prevent substance abuse.
Teams would be challenged to quantify mental health, diagnose conditions, enhance resilience, and measure their impact.
Would this be audacious yet achievable? What would be the likely impact of such a prize?