World mental health survey

Tasmanians from Launceston, Devonport, Zeehan and Hobart are among up to seven million people undertaking an innovative mental health trial. 

Participants are using the free “How is the World Feeling?” app to track their moods and feelings throughout Mental Health Week.

The week-long survey began on October 10.  

The app was especially developed for smart devices, and the campaign was created by Australian charity Spur Projects. 

Spur Projects campaign manager Lee Crockford said the campaign “was created to provide a new level of insight” into mental health around both Australia and the world. 

After participants record how they’re feeling, they can access how the rest of the world is feeling, using data filters including age, gender and location. 

“Young men working in law are feeling most anxious between the hours of 8am and 10am on weekday mornings when commuting, is an example of the sort of information the project can provide,” Mr Crockford said. 

The information collected through the survey will be used for a source any organisation or individual worldwide will be able to utilise. 

Mr Crockford said participants’ privacy would be protected and there would be no personally identifiable information shared. 

The data collected through the app will be analysed at an event in Brisbane on October 27 and 28. 

More information on the app can be found at www.howistheworldfeeling.org

If you need help, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636