With the recent increase in mental health related issues such as depression, anxiety and stress among the youth and adolescent community on the rise, a more convenient and faster way for people to get professional help on these issues was and is a major priority. Talkspace an online web and mobile application therapy provider brings one such solution to the challenge of providing professional therapy services at a cheaper and more suitable way. Adoption of this approach takes advantage of the technological advances in communication thus giving a unique take to handling mental health issues. Find out more about Talkspace at Businessinsider.com
Founded in 2012 by Oren Frank & Roni Frank, Talkspace had a major success after partnering with the famous American swimmer Michael Phelps to share his story of how therapy aided in saving his life. In this regard Michael has been proactive in urging people to use the service to access professional therapy for those who need it. Talkspace is credited to bringing the therapy service to a digital era and boast of being used by an estimated million clients.
For a period after its inception, Talkspace was only available to adults due to legal requirements since anyone below ages of 18 years required parental consent to get such services. In 2018 however, the therapy service provider was able to extend therapy services to teenagers between 13 and 17 years. This was done on a separate platform dubbed Talkspace for Teens which enabled teenagers to get in touch with licensed therapist through their mobile or computers at any time. The service offers confidentiality to its users but does not offer anonymity since teenage users are required to give their emergency contacts.
Recently, Talkspace partnered up with New Directions Behavioral Health, a health and fitness company, to offer the latter’s select customers to access its platform through their Employee Assistance Program. This was in a bid by Talkspace to increase employer benefit plans for companies and make therapy available to all. Read: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/stevenpetrow/2017/01/24/text-based-therapy-not-ready-prime-time/96799556/