Mental illness has become an area of major concern for Americans, according to research, one out of four people around the world experience this problem. 56% of Americans adults suffering from mental illness do not seek treatment. Michael Phelps, a renowned world swimming champion narrates how, just like most people, he suffered in silence. After realizing that he could not deal with depression on his own, Phelps decided to seek the help of a therapist. His story is an inspiration to many who have for a long time kept this problem to themselves.
To effectively share his story with the rest of the world, the athlete has recently teamed up with Talkspace, an online therapy platform that provides cheap and confidential therapy. Talkspace consists of a network of professionals and therapists. The partnership will see Phelps share his experiences on a national TV campaign.
He will also ask viewers not shy off from speaking about mental health and communicate to them about the benefits of Talkspace. Additionally, Phelps is expected to be absorbed by the Talkspace Board of Advisors which generally consists of experts in the industry, corporate executives and psychologists. Talkspace CEO Oren Frank praised this partnership and highlighted the benefits Phelps was going to bring to the company’s advisory board.
Founded in 2012 by Oren Frank, Talkspace uses an online platform that offers its users access to therapist through the internet. It is reported that ever since Talkspace was formed, millions of individuals have benefited from its services with close to 70% having not attended therapy before. It is the desire of this founder to make therapy accessible for all people. He also hopes to rid people of the stigma often associated with mental illness.
In a bid to better its services, the company recently hired Neil Leibowitz, Chief Medical Officer, who will assist the company to build its business enterprise and start to prescribe medications through the company app. Having previously worked as an ex-insurance executive, Leibowitz will mainly focus on improving the sales made by Talkspace to other businesses. He will also enable psychiatrists at Talkspace to prescribe medicines via video.