At Sensetel, we believe everyone has a right to good mental health.
Sadly, mental health issues have been pushed aside for too long – whether it is simply that physical conditions such as heart disease and cancer grab attention and funding more successfully, or that it is so hard for doctors to diagnose accurately issues such as anxiety and depression.
For the past seven years, we have been working to improve mental health for all.
Working with a leading psychologist, signal-processing expert and a researcher in artificial intelligence, we have developed two easy-to-use apps, Sensetel and Sensetel24. These help families and doctors evaluate accurately their own and their loved one’s mental health issues, even if they live miles apart.
Families can care for themselves and their loved ones with confidence and a far greater understanding of one another’s needs.
Sensetel truly offers a meeting of minds.
By using Sensetel and Sensetel24 apps on smart devices, you can keep an informed eye on your own mental health and avoid situations or relationships that increase your anxiety or stress. Families can care for themselves and their loved ones with confidence and a far greater understanding of one another’s needs.
While using Sensetel apps on smart devices will help everyone stay connected to a loved one whenever they are apart, these are the people most likely to benefit:
• The elderly who feel increasingly isolated, made worse during enforced social distancing.
• Ageing parent/s who cherish living independently and refuse to be made a fuss over.
• Students who may be leaving home for the first time, or moving far from home.
• Young adults with learning difficulties, going to work and/or engaging with the outside world.
• Overseas relatives who may be missing their usual support network back home.
By using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Sensetel and Sensetel24 analyse the voice file of a phone conversation between two people and detect markers of stress, anxiety and depression in the modulation of voice frequencies. These markers cannot be hidden or masked, and it does not matter what is said or the language spoken.
In this way, the apps make it easy to spot trends or patterns so that you can take timely steps to reduce stressors for yourself or your loved one. This helps to keep the mind and body within the “window of tolerance” that prevents stress from developing into anxiety or depression.
Reduces uncertainty: we all like to project a happy, optimistic face, but the Sensetel apps act on the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression that may exist below that façade.
Respects boundaries: the apps provide data so that you know when to step in and offer support to your loved one without being over-protective and intrusive.
Reinforces relationships: with these greater insights, the apps give families a permanent conduit for communication, however busy or physically apart they are.
While mental well-being is key to ensuring that people enjoy independent, healthy lives, one in four older people suffers from anxiety or depression. More worryingly, such conditions often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed by medical professionals.
Sensetel provides data that is useful for doctors, so that they need no longer rely solely on brief one-off assessments or case notes, and the accuracy of diagnosis can be improved.
Our research has found that Sensetel and Sensetel24 consistently identify symptoms of anxiety and depression more accurately than doctors. We have also found that simply using Sensetel, and being able to label and assess objectively your mental state, results in an improved or lower stress load and reduced anxiety and depression.
Once you have set up Sensetel on your smartphone and/or that of your loved one, you can start receiving analysis of your own and their mental health daily. This is based on vocal characteristics of depression and anxiety that are common to all spoken language, picked up during conversations between you.
Every day that Sensetel is used, analysed data can be sent to you and your loved one, which can be accessed on your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. With this, you can assess with confidence whether you need to offer more support.
Once you and/or your loved one have set up your Sensetel24 smartwatches, you can start receiving analysis of your own and their mental health as changes occur. The real-time data you receive is based on vocal characteristics of depression and anxiety that are common to all spoken language, picked up in conversation.
As each smartwatch picks up signs of change, alerts are sent to you and your loved one that can be accessed on your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. In this way you can assess with confidence whether you need to offer more support immediately.
We will always strive to be:
Barrister and environmental scientist, who conceived the model of objective care analysis based on individual voice markers.
Specialises in design and use of industrial and medical instrumentation, and is an inventor on more than a dozen patents.
Specialises in machine learning with
major applications in communications,
speech and biomedical engineering,
brain computer interfacing, and big data.
Lead researcher in machine learning for health and dementia care with the UK Dementia Research Institute Care Research & Technology Centre.
Leads studies to investigate the cognitive architecture underlying emotional and attitudinal language processing of ageing adults.