Mental health issues affect a large percentage of the military population. The #HERE4U Military Edition will be an instant messaging smartphone application to connect military family members (adults only) who are dealing with mental health problems to a mental health counseling solution that uses the IBM Watson cognitive platform. Being able to engage with Watson in a secure, private and anonymous manner will encourage military personnel to reach out for help where they might not have in the past to obtain timely advice. Watson will engage with the client to identify a presenting problem and when clinically serious, engage a counselor for guidance and referral; otherwise, Watson will carry on a conversation with the client, giving advice, referring to mental health resources, including self-help materials, as appropriate. The key challenge for this project is to collect unstructured case data and best practice literature that Watson can use to manage conversations.

Industry Partner(s):IBM Canada Ltd.

Academic Institution:Queen's University

Academic Researcher: Heather Stuart

Co-PI Name: Don Aldridge

Focus Areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Energy

Platforms: GPU, Parallel CPU