The Reading / Listening - Depression - Level 1

Google will soon let people check their mental health online. People searching for "depression" will get a link to a questionnaire with nine questions. This will check to see if you could have depression. Google has partnered with America's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on the project. NAMI said the questionnaire can help people decide if they need a doctor. At first, the questionnaire is only for people in the USA.



The questionnaire could help people get treatment more quickly. Google said: "Statistics show that those who have symptoms of depression experience…a six- to eight-year delay in getting treatment….We believe that awareness of depression can [enable] quicker access to treatment." However, a doctor said Google's questionnaire was the same as online information. He said it would be better to offer a chat box to psychological services.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Depression - Level 0 Depression - Level 2   or  Depression - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41034618
  • https://www.blog.google/products/search/learning-more-about-clinical-depression-phq-9-questionnaire/
  • https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/23/16193236/google-depression-questionnaire-mental-health


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Google will soon let
  2. People searching for "depression"
  3. a questionnaire with
  4. This will check
  5. Google has partnered
  6. the questionnaire can
  7. decide if they need
  8. only for people
  1. nine questions
  2. help people
  3. with NAMI
  4. in the USA
  5. a doctor
  6. will get a link
  7. people check
  8. to see

Paragraph 2

  1. Statistics show
  2. symptoms of
  3. a six- to eight-
  4. awareness
  5. quicker access
  6. the same as online
  7. it would be better to
  8. psychological
  1. to treatment
  2. offer a chat box
  3. that
  4. services
  5. year delay
  6. of depression
  7. depression
  8. information

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Google (1) ___________________ people check their mental health online. People searching for "depression" (2) ___________________ link to a questionnaire with nine questions. This will (3) ___________________ if you could have depression. Google (4) ___________________ with America's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (5) ___________________. NAMI said the questionnaire can help people decide if they (6) ___________________. At first, the questionnaire is only for people in the USA.

The questionnaire could (7) ___________________ treatment more quickly. Google said: "Statistics show that those who have symptoms of depression experience… (8) __________________-year (9) ___________________ treatment….We believe that awareness of depression can [enable] (10) __________________ to treatment." However, a doctor said Google's questionnaire was the (11) ___________________ information. He said it would be (12) ___________________ chat box to psychological services.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Googlewillsoonletpeoplechecktheirmentalhealthonline.Peoplesearc
hingfor"depression"willgetalinktoaquestionnairewithninequestions.
Thiswillchecktoseeifyoucouldhavedepression.Googlehaspartnered
withAmerica'sNationalAllianceonMentalIllness(NAMI)ontheproject.
NAMIsaidthequestionnairecanhelppeopledecideiftheyneedadoctor.
Atfirst,thequestionnaireisonlyforpeopleintheUSA.Thequestionnaire
couldhelppeoplegettreatmentmorequickly.Googlesaid:"Statisticssh
owthatthosewhohavesymptomsofdepressionexperience…asix-toei
ght-yeardelayingettingtreatment….Webelievethatawarenessofdep
ressioncan[enable]quickeraccesstotreatment."However,adoctorsai
dGoogle'squestionnairewasthesameasonlineinformation.Hesaiditw
ouldbebettertoofferachatboxtopsychologicalservices.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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