Young people experimenting with AI for mental health advice

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Arizona in 2020 said they were satisfied with the availability of mental health providers.

Students were the least satisfied group — with 23% saying there were enough resources.

What’s happening: There’s an abundance of chatbots these days. Most aren’t meant to be used for health advice, but that doesn’t mean people won’t use them for that purpose.

Between the lines: Tech and mental health professionals worry about negative or unintended consequences such as inconsistent advice, data security challenges and a general lack of human contact.

“I think the challenge becomes that [high school students] use AI not necessarily as a substitute for school psychologists, but as a substitute for relationships in general,” Arizona Association of School Psychologists president Matthew Moix says.

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