Michael Phelps’ partnership with Talkspace shows that anxiety and depression can affect anyone. As a world famous athlete, Phelps would not be someone you would associate with terrible depression. At his worst, Phelps could not leave his room as the anxiety was so severe. There was even a point that he thought about killing himself. He knew he would not be able to carry on without getting help. He eventually got the courage to ask for that help, and he credits that decision with saving his life.
Phelps knows that not everyone has that access to professional mental health care. For many, it is too expensive. There is also the issue of accessibility for many as some areas of the country do not even have local mental health care doctors or therapists. Talkspace has found a solution for both issues. The company offers a monthly low rate for people to talk to licensed doctors and therapists. Users can contact them through the company’s app. Find out more about Talkspace at Businessinsider.com
The app allows people to contact their doctors though text, emails, the app itself or video chat. It can be used wherever someone could use a phone, computer or tablet. For people who do not feel they can talk to friends or family, it is way for them to get confidential and professional help. The stigma of mental health still stops people from being able to talk to people close to them. Talkspace has doctors and therapists who are experts in a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, and OCD. They can also offer help and counseling for people dealing with LGBQT issues.
Talkspace knows the health crisis that mental health issues is, and the company has found a way to make top quality care affordable and accessible for over million people and counting.