Talkspace is a text therapy app that is being used by people across the United States. They partnered with former Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps who shared his story of depression and seeking treatment in a series of ads that started during Depression Awareness Month which is May. He said that despite winning 28 Olympic medals and accomplishing everything he set out to do he experienced massive depression. Like many people, he struggled with this internally and didn’t share it with others.
He said that at one point he spent five days in his room alone. He didn’t know if he wanted to live or not and finally realized that he couldn’t tackle his depression on his own. He decided to start seeing a therapist and he credits that decision for saving his life. He wants people to know that they don’t need to let it get that bad and to instead reach out to a licensed therapist who will support them. He said that they should also talk about their depression with family, friends, and teammates because someone with depression needs all the help they can get.
TalkSpace is an alternative to conventional talk therapy. It is convenient because the app can be accessed at any time, morning or night. It’s also affordable and confidential. In addition to sending texts to a licensed therapist, a user can also send video, audio, and pictures. More than one million people across the United States have now used the TalkSpace app which can be used on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
Oren Hatch is one of the co-founders of New York City-based TalkSpace. He is also the chief executive officer. Along with a business partner he established this company in 2012. He says that the people who have used the app have done so to address issues in their lives including family matters, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. His goal is to make talk therapy much more accessible than it has been in the past. He also wants to be part of getting rid of the stigma that mental illness presently has.