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Ellipsis Health Partners with Menlo College for Voice-Based Student Behavioral Health Symptom Identification

Ellipsis Health, a provider of voice-based vital signs to quantify and manage depression and anxiety symptoms at scale, is in the midst of an academic year-long pilot program with Menlo College, a private, non-profit college in Atherton, Calif.

The college's Mental Health Services (MHS) Clinic will integrate Ellipsis Health's technology to empower students to measure and manage anxiety and depression by leveraging vocal biomarker technology through analysis of their speech. It works through cloud-based machine learning algorithms that assess patient voice data and generate predictions of depression, anxiety or other behavioral health conditions.

Integration of Ellipsis Health's technology at the MHS Clinic will allow for quantification of behavioral health vital signs via dual acoustic and semantic-based assessments of student speech. Through student screening for anxiety or depression symptoms, students will also be offered resources for extra support to improve health outcomes.</p/>

"Menlo College is dedicated to providing a broad range of cost-free support to enrolled virtual and campus-based students. Partnering with Ellipsis Health for this pilot program empowers our shared goal of meeting the mental health symptom identification needs of young adults, especially during this unprecedented time," said Angela Schmiede, vice president for student success at Menlo College, in a statement. "Ellipsis Health's technology pairs students' comfort with their own smartphone for a voice-based emotional health vital sign. This way, we can support students that need assistance much sooner for well-managed behavioral health."

"When we as young people are able to use resources such as Ellipsis Health's technology, it not only benefits our emotional health, which is extremely important, but can set a trend of ending generational traumas," explained Lina Lakoczky-Torres, a student at Menlo and wellness representative for the college's student government association, in a statement. "When we are able to take our well-being into our own hands and accept and manage these different feelings when they arise, that is when we are empowered to be the best version of ourselves."

"Ellipsis Health is proud to collaborate with Menlo College to expand access to mental health screening through identification and management of anxiety and depression symptoms in students," said Michael Aratow, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Ellipsis Health, in a statement. "Especially now with students learning virtually, it is critical that colleges and universities roll out a solution that allows for clinical insight into a student's wellbeing outside of a provider encounter, as many early warning signs of emotional challenges often occur at home. Leveraging the ubiquity of smartphones, we enable behavioral health measurement anytime and anywhere. Not only is this improving overall student health, but it is also helping to remove the stigma related to mental health conditions and symptom identification for young adults."

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