Don Wright was working on a solution for his son’s depression that October night in 2017. He played ping-pong with 28-year-old Justin and all seemed well. They had discussed the future; it seemed bright. But in the morning light, a friend called to say Justin was missing. Wright had a terrible feeling. “I think he’s dead,” he told his girlfriend, moments before arriving at his son’s apartment
Clarigent Health, a Mason-based tech company built the decision support tool for mental health professionals. Work began nearly a decade ago, examining suicide notes and interviewing teens in hospital emergency rooms.
According to BioEnterprise, the Midwest saw a significant increase in life sciences investment last year, with more than $2.5 billion invested in the region, a 43 percent increase from the previous year. In Cincinnati alone, there were 16 different investments totaling $81.8 million.
Part of this regional growth is due to nationally ranked medical centers and research facilities, like Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, along with innovative startups like Clarigent Health, which are crucial for successful clinical trials and scientific advancements.
Mason-based Clarigent Health, which is developing a smartphone app to help mental health professionals detect when people are at risk of suicide or violence, is partnering with the Children’s Home of Cincinnati on a pilot study.
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Mason-based Clarigent Health is working to create an artificial intelligence and machine learning tool that will help health care providers detect warning signs of suicide ideation or other types of mental illness.
Depression affects nearly 43.8 American adults and more than 300 million people worldwide. As an important mental health issue, hospitals, families and communities are looking for ways to provide support for their loved ones. That’s where Mason-based Clarigent Health comes in.
Nearly two years ago, the national suicide outbreak took on a local face with the death of Gabriel Taye of Westwood, who was 8. At about the same time, Hamilton County reported that youth suicides in 2016 had hit 13, the highest number in 20 years.
Alarmed health officials and caregivers across the region mobilized. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, with the nation’s largest pediatric mental health section, is leading some initiatives, and others have arisen from local nonprofits and entrepreneurs.
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