After a second DUI arrest in 2014, the 23-time Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps, fell into a deep depression even experiencing thoughts of suicide. He had checked into a rehab clinic in Arizona and found just how much he was suffering. Today he is feeling much better in a happy marriage with two small children and feels he has accomplished all he can in the pool and is turning to a partnership with Talkspace, an online therapy company based in New York City.
He was told about someone’s daughter having feelings of depression and wanting to end her life and that she’d read about Phelps opening up about his struggles and that it had helped her and now Phelps feels that is much more significant than winning gold medals. Phelps’ aim with this partnership is to try to help remove the stigma associated with mental illness and motivate those who need help to seek it through Talkspace.
Utilizing licensed therapists, users can access Talkspace at their website or through a mobile app on either iOS or Android devices. Through a chat session your needs are assessed and you are matched with a therapist and then your therapist can be accessed by text, video or voice at any time. Additionally, the service is much more affordable than traditional therapy.
This year, Talkspace is expanding their services to include psychiatrists in addition to the therapists and psychologists available to clients. This will enable the service to provide prescription medications to their clientele along with the service of one on one therapy with the therapists and psychologists.
Talkspace is also partnering with fraternities like, Delta Tau Delta. The members have free access to Talkspace’s services. Millennials, accustomed as they are to digital interfaces, have much less reluctance to utilize digital tools even for such services than older men and women might. A recent study showed that over 60% of college dropouts left because of mental health issues so this service could be crucial for a surprisingly large number of people.
Rainbow34 July 16, 2018
Posted In: Traditional Therapy