Mental Health Crises
Team Lead Orianna DeMasi
Ideal Skills/Qualifications Python: Jupyter notebooks, matplotlib/seaborn, Pandas, Intro-level SQL, Patience, Creativity, Communication skills
Average time commitment 10 hrs/wk
The student leader is working with the Mental Health Crisis Team in the city of Berkeley to answer some questions around mental health crises, i.e. those that require emergency response, in Berkeley. Eventually, we would like to move to broader questions, e.g., looking for patterns across cities of the Bay Area. Preliminary results showed that there are patterns of when mental health crisis occur and there may be patterns of crises with socioeconomic status. While these results are unsurprising, they are useful to the team for better allocating resources and can lead to policy changes.
This project is exciting because it has the potential for real-world relatively “immediate” impact. However, it is challenging in the amount of creativity it requires to ask interesting questions with seemingly unrelated, small datasets. This project is also centered around real datasets, which are obviously messy. A good undergraduate match will be interested in learning new tools and working with municipal employees to improve mental health crisis response. The majority of work is tracking down datasets, visualizing those datasets, and communicating findings.