The Reading / Listening - Depression - Level 2

Google will soon start a service to let people check their mental health online. People searching for "depression" on Google will get a link to a questionnaire with their search result. The questionnaire will check to see if you could have depression. There are nine questions on the questionnaire. Google has partnered with America's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on the project. NAMI said the questionnaire can help people find out how depressed they are. It said this could help them decide if they need a doctor. The questionnaire is initially only for people in the USA.



Google said the questionnaire could help people get treatment for depression quickly. It 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 help…educate you, enabling quicker access to treatment." However, Dr Aaron Balick said Google's questionnaire was the same as reading any online information about depression. He told the BBC: "A better approach would be…offering [people] resources and a direct line - perhaps a chat box - to local psychological services."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Depression - Level 0 Depression - Level 1   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
  2. check their mental
  3. get a link to
  4. search
  5. check to see if you could have
  6. There are nine questions on
  7. decide if they need
  8. initially only for people
  1. the questionnaire
  2. a questionnaire
  3. a doctor
  4. health online
  5. in the USA
  6. start a service
  7. depression
  8. result

Paragraph 2

  1. get treatment
  2. a six- to eight-year delay
  3. enabling quicker access
  4. the same as reading any online
  5. A better
  6. a direct
  7. a chat
  8. psychological
  1. to treatment
  2. box
  3. approach
  4. services
  5. in getting treatment
  6. information
  7. for depression
  8. line

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Google will soon (1) ___________________ to let people check their mental health online. People searching for "depression" on Google will (2) ___________________ a questionnaire with their search result. The questionnaire will check (3) _________________ could have depression. There are nine questions on the questionnaire. Google (4) ___________________ America's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on the project. NAMI said the questionnaire can help people (5) ___________________ depressed they are. It said this could help them decide if they need a doctor. The questionnaire (6) ___________________ for people in the USA.

Google said the questionnaire (7) ___________________ get treatment for depression quickly. It said: "Statistics show that those who have (8) ___________________ experience…a six- to eight-year (9) ___________________ treatment….We believe that awareness of depression can (10) ___________________, enabling quicker access to treatment." However, Dr Aaron Balick said Google's questionnaire was the (11) ___________________ any online information about depression. He told the BBC: "A better approach would be…offering [people] resources and a direct line - (12) ___________________ box - to local psychological services."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Googlewillsoonstartaservicetoletpeoplechecktheirmentalhealthonli
ne.Peoplesearchingfor"depression"onGooglewillgetalinktoaquestio
nnairewiththeirsearchresult.Thequestionnairewillchecktoseeifyouc
ouldhavedepression.Thereareninequestionsonthequestionnaire.Go
oglehaspartneredwithAmerica'sNationalAllianceonMentalIllness(N
AMI)ontheproject.NAMIsaidthequestionnairecanhelppeoplefindout
howdepressedtheyare.Itsaidthiscouldhelpthemdecideiftheyneedad
octor.ThequestionnaireisinitiallyonlyforpeopleintheUSA.Googlesaid
thequestionnairecouldhelppeoplegettreatmentfordepressionquickl
y.Itsaid:"Statisticsshowthatthosewhohavesymptomsofdepressione
xperience…asix-toeight-yeardelayingettingtreatment….Webelie
vethatawarenessofdepressioncanhelp…educateyou,enablingquicke
raccesstotreatment."However,DrAaronBalicksaidGoogle'squestion
nairewasthesameasreadinganyonlineinformationaboutdepression.
HetoldtheBBC:"Abetterapproachwouldbe…offering[people]resourceeeeesandadirectline-perhapsachatbox-tolocalpsychologicalserv
ices."

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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