Talkspace Works With Michael Phelps To Advocate For Mental Health

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps wants the world to know that even famous athletes can suffer from mental illness. This is why he has teamed up with Talkspace to get the word out and encourage others to get the help that they need. Many people are too proud to try therapy, but Michael Phelps wants everyone to know that if it can help him, it might be able to help others who might be hesitant to give it a try. He explains that he had lost hope for life during a TV spot released during Mental Health Awareness Month.

When Michael Phelps realized that he had not left his room for almost a week, he knew that he needed to try to get some help. Services like Talkspace can help people suffering from depression and other mental illnesses from the comfort of their own home. His experiences have led him to be an advocate for mental health by showing that even the people that others see as the strongest sometimes need help. Depression is something that can affect anyone no matter what their background is.

Talkspace was created to help patients no matter where they are through their computer and mobile devices. Through the use of technology, patients no longer have to go into an office to speak to a licensed therapist. Headquartered in New York City, the company was founded in 2012 by Roni and Oren Frank. Patients can communicate with their therapist through video chats, texting, and audio. They can choose whichever way makes them feel more comfortable. Just like with traditional therapy, counseling through Talkspace is completely confidential. An added bonus besides the convenience is that it is generally more affordable as well.

Many people see therapy as only for people who have experienced some deep, lasting trauma. Talkspace wants to let everyone know that mental health issues extend beyond trauma and can include everyday stressors that can be made easier to deal with by talking to someone. There will always be ups and downs in life even without a mental illness to worry about and many people just need to vent.

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