This article discusses the potential that mobile phones offer for helping to monitor and treat mental health issues. It covers their potential as a device for self-tracking and for biometric and behaviour analysis, including visual and audio recognition functionality. Ut also discusses the benefits of using mobile phones for this purpose, more generally, covering important factors, such as their low cost and ubiquity.
The paper brings specific attention to the MONARCA project, a large EU funded research project which was intended to help understand how mobile devices can be used to help treat people suffering from bipolar disorder. This project tested out the capabilities of many of the different sensors not he mobile phone for gathering evidence about mental state. A system for analysing and visualising the mental health data was also developed.
Here are some project videos – http://www.monarca-project.eu/deliverables/videos