Everyone needs help sometimes, even rock star Olympic athletes. Michael Phelps, the decorated Olympic swimmer, has opened up about his longstanding struggle with depression. In October 2018, Phelps was the keynote speaker at the third annual Talkspace conference in New York. Talkspace is a text therapy app that helps make therapy more affordable and accessible to more people. Sessions are conducted with a licensed, verified therapist who is matched with the patient based on their needs and profile. Michael Phelps is an advisory board member and shareholder with Talkspace. Read more reviews at talkspace.com
Michael Phelps credits counseling with saving his life. In an interview with MensHealth.com, he admitted that his mental health needs are ongoing, but that, thanks to therapy, he is better able to manage and respond to these challenges. Roughly six million American men struggle with depression every day, according to Men’s Health, yet not enough of them are getting the help they need. There’s still a lingering stigma that men who are struggling with their emotions are weak, but Michael Phelps’ openness and honesty may begin to help change that. Talkspace provides clinical services for all kinds of people, from LGBT individuals to army veterans. As part of his partnership with Talkspace, Phelps helped the company launch Talkspace for Teens, a Talkspace service specifically for adolescents.
Talkspace for Teens isn’t the only groundbreaking service Talkspace now offers. According to its website, the company also now offers Social Media Dependency Therapy, the first therapy program of its kind devoted to helping people manage and respond to what they see on social media.
Talkspace frequently makes headlines, as indicated by its Crunchbase profile. The company was recently profiled in HiTechChronicle in an article discussing the services that Talkspace provides through its platform. According to HiTechChronicle, Talkspace not only provides therapy services; advice is also available from its staff therapists on the Talkspace blog.