A depression support website developed by two eighth-grade students in Ho Chi Minh City has reached a science and technology competition final.
Vu Tri Viet and Nguyen Khanh Hiep, two eighth graders from Nguyen Du Middle School in District 1, chose depression support as their approach to the 2024 Ho Chi Minh City Science and Technology Competition, which was organized by the municipal education department on Thursday.
Viet said it is alarming that the World Health Organization (WHO) notes depression-related suicides as the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds.
In Vietnam, depression-related suicides are four times higher than traffic accident deaths.
Viet and Hiep’s website, flatter.life, aids patients to overcome mental barriers and access timely consultations.
It allows users to take a psychological survey, chat with a chatbot, and connect with a doctor if psychological instability or depression is detected.
The two students plan to develop additional features for the website such as linking it with social networking platforms like Zalo and Facebook and offering stress-reducing consultations.
Alongside 59 other projects, flatter.life has advanced to the 2024 Ho Chi Minh City Science and Technology Competition final after outperforming over 1,200 entries.
Four projects will proceed to the national round of the competition.