Location: United States
Clients can text their licensed therapist whenever they need guidance and support.
1 out of 5 Americans are living with a mental health illness, yet many don’t have adequate access to therapy or psychiatry. Treatment can be expensive, require travelling, and some clients may feel pressure to avoid it due to social stigma.
Talkspace has made a range of mental health services available online to help overcome some of those barriers. For a flat weekly rate, Talkspace will match clients with a licensed therapist for unlimited messaging. This removes the wait typically associated with a conventional appointment system.
Therapists respond a few times a day, more help is available through video chat if required, and users get to contact the same therapist they matched with through the whole process. If someone is looking for a more traditional form of therapy, Talkspace can add weekly 30-minute long live video sessions to the plan.
Access to psychiatry professionals can also be a struggle, resulting in 4 out of 5 mental health medications being prescribed by a physical health doctor and not a psychiatrist. Talkspace can also connect clients with psychiatrists for full evaluations and expert mental health treatment if required.
With mental health issues on the rise, it’s increasingly important to eliminate barriers and get help to those who need it. By providing therapy and psychiatry online, it makes care more affordable while reducing the time and stress that can occur with attending face-to-face appointments. The move to online therapy has been vital during the coronavirus pandemic. Talkspace is currently offering specialised Covid-19 support for those struggling with the associated isolation and uncertainty.