Woebot is all about using pre-existing platforms to provide millions of users with mental health support. Through the use of Facebook messenger on iPhones, iPads and Androids, Woebot offers a simple outlet for people to talk about how they are feeling and also outlines strategies on how to improve your mood.
AI and mental health
Woebot is certainly not the first attempt at using AI to provide mental health resources to people around the world. AI uses bots like Tess (another online chatbot), diagnosing depression through Instagram posts, or machine learning to diagnose suicidal patients have paved the way for more Artificial Intelligence uses in the mental health industry.
What does Woebot do?
We’ve seen chatbots before for the purposes of customer support, personal finance assistance, or getting the latest news, but this bot is designed to help you track your mood and learn about yourself. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques as their framework, Woebot offers coping mechanisms, wellness strategies and various other tools that could be helpful to us.
Can a chatbot replace a therapist?
In short, the answer is no. Therapists offer many benefits that a bot cannot replicate, such as creating a human connection with patients. With that said, AI bots such as Woebot can be a great supplemental tool to provide ongoing support in an innovative way. As bots and AI become more advanced, the field is a fascinating area we are keenly keeping out eye on.