Talkspace is a new approach to mental health that was founded in 2012 by Oren and Roni Frank. This new approach to mental health brings the service to people on the go as it is an application based therapy company. Clients that utilize this new take on therapy are matched with a licensed therapist and allowed unlimited text, voice, and even face to face messages with them. The instant communication with a therapist combined with the same principles of confidentiality has brought over one million people to join this service. Since the company is still considered somewhat new it is still evolving and growing.
In June of 2018 Talkspace partnered with New Directions, which is a large company that offers mental health services to many large corporations as well as to students. For now employee’s are the only ones that have access to the Talkspace platform, but the company hopes to extend the mental health services to current clients in the near future.
Michael Phelps, a well known swimming champion, signed on with Talkspace to help promote the importance of mental health. After the champion suffered through his own mental health problems he hopes the campaigns will help others find the help that they need. The internet based talk therapy company believes that some of the stigma that revolves around mental illness may lessen if people see even celebrities suffer with the same problems.
Cultural Vistas is another large company that partnered with Talkspace in 2017. They won an Innovation Award from GoAbroad.com in June of 2018 for this partnership. Cultural Vistas is a program that helps to facilitate internships and other types of professional exchange services in the U.S. and abroad. They chose to partner with the mobile talk therapy company in hopes to help their participants as they travel to new places around the globe. Cultural Vistas actually offers the mobile talk service as part of their standard health plan.