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Tamzin Kraftman | The right to information on your mental health
We have partnered with The University of Oxford to put up a magnifying glass on who we should allow access to information on our mental health.
Tamzin Kraftman
Published 04 February 2020
Who do you think should have the right to information on your mental health?

The idea of confidentiality within mental health is a tricky one.

Who has the right to know about our mental health? Should it just be medical professionals... what about schools or family members? As technology develops, there’s an opportunity for data collected about us on social media and other websites to be used to build a “profile” on our mental health. But, this raises many questions around if our private information should stay private, if we choose to share it or not.

There are different sides to the argument over how data on our mental health is used and what data should be shared to who. One argument in support of schools or medical professionals having free reign over information about our mental health is that it would allow them to offer help, potentially before it develops into something a lot more serious.

A new game developed in collaboration with The University of Oxford, game makers PRELOADED and youth-led creative network Livity discusses this debate.

The free game is targeted at young people and is set in the weeks leading up to our final schools exams, when you suddenly find out that others have been monitoring your online activity and they seem to know you better than you know yourself... how will you react?

By playing the game Tracing Tomorrow, players will also contribute to improving mental health research around the world.

Tamzin Kraftman discussed the game on her radio show and asked the question: Who do you think should have the right to information on your mental health?

In response, listener Daisy messaged in saying that she believes that "sometimes we don't know what is best for ourselves" and that, in her personal experience, sometimes decisions about who should know your mental health data should be decided by media professionals. Listen the message and Tamzin's response in the clip below!

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