Michael Phelps Partners with Talkspace to Promote Mental Health Awareness
Talkspace is an online therapy provider that provides users with text and video therapy services from mental health professionals. It is a subscription based service that provides therapy to address mental health and other concerns such as relationship difficulties to individuals that need help. The online method promotes convenience and flexibility, which can make it easier for individuals to seek out treatment and continue to receive such treatment when compared to in-person therapy. Given the goal of eliminating the bias and stigma that often surrounds mental health, as well as the efforts to eliminate potential barriers for those that need help to combat mental health or relationship difficulties, the recent partnership between Michael Phelps and Talkspace appears to be a natural fit. Through this partnership, Michael Phelps will work with the online therapy company to raise mental health awareness. He will be on the Talkspace board, share his personal experience struggling through mental health issues, promote awareness, and take part in a national mental health campaign.
Michael Phelps has personal experience with depression and anxiety. He wants to share this to promote awareness and start a national discussion. Given his broad public appeal, this can also help by breaking down the stigmas that sometimes surround the topic of mental health. Both him and Talkspace share a common goal to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health illnesses and encourage those that need help to seek it out. Talkspace has stated that this partnership with Michael Phelps has its benefits. Among those are his broad appeal, his personal experience with mental health issues, and his commitment to help eliminate potential barriers that can prevent those that need help from obtaining therapy or other forms of support. By spreading the word and starting a national conversation, the hope of this partnership is to eliminate a fear of bias or stigma in those struggling with mental health issues. Additionally, this campaign and partnership seeks to inform anyone that may need help of potential options to receive such.
Sources: talkspace.com; prnewswire.com