At any point in time, roughly twenty percent of United States citizens – in other words, that equates to one out of every five Americans seen out shopping, pumping gas, driving motor vehicles, riding bicycles, or posting on social media – face mental health issues. The most common mental health disorder people – and not just United States citizens and residents – are plagued by is depression, a common-yet-serious psychological issue that is typically associated with symptoms like anhedonia, a complete lack of motivation, an inability to concentrate, a feeling that one’s old hobbies and preferred activities just aren’t fun anymore.
A problem with mental health issues is that people suffering from them typically won’t help themselves by seeking treatment from family doctors, counselors, psychiatrists, and therapists. Too many people are embarrassed to visit mental health treatment facilities because they report feeling ashamed of themselves if someone they knew were to see them. Others don’t like being around therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, and other mental or physical health professionals because they feel seeking help for their very real issues is weak, poor, or otherwise shameful.
In most places around the planet, a stigma related to mental health issues and seeking treatment for them exists. This is the sole reason why people don’t seek out the help they need for their mental health disorders. Thankfully, Michael Phelps – the all-star Olympic swimmer came out to the world about his battle with depression and addiction several years ago, though not everybody is familiar with Phelps’ heart-touching story – has joined minds with Talkspace with the goal of encouraging people to reach out to providers of mental health services to improve their qualities of life.
Talkspace, founded in 2012 by Oren Frank and his wife Roni Frank, helps people get in touch with counselors and therapists. The best part about Talkspace is that clients don’t even have to leave the comfort of their homes – simply enroll in the company’s reasonably-priced weekly subscription and clients can start chatting with accredited, licensed treatment providers using their mobile phones and computers.