A project called How is the World Feeling? is aiming to use an iOS and Android app to conduct the world’s largest study of mental health over a one-week period, October 10-16th.  There are a range of worldwide projects and summaries about mental health and happiness, however none provide the democratic opportunity like “How is the World Feeling?” for anyone who simply has access to a smart device to participate.  The aim is to gather big data to identify patterns in emotions, then to open-source anonymized data to mental health professionals in a bid to devise approaches to resolving mental health issues.

The app is designed to take seconds to use, asking people to select an emotion, select how strongly it is felt, and to enter a couple of other data points – what you are doing and whether you are alone or with others.  As a benefit for users, you’ll get a log of your own data, so you can see what makes you happiest.  Participants can see, sort and filter data in real-time via the app over the duration of the project.

To participate in the study, simply download the free app from iTunes.