Talkspace is an online therapy app for people who struggle with mental health problems. You can pay eighty dollars to talk to a therapist or fifty dollars to message a professional. According to Oren Frank, the CEO, Talkspace has a million users. They’ve just hired a chief medical officer so they can start prescribing medication to their users. That chief medical officer is Neil Leibowitz who, besides prescribing medicine, will also be helping Talkspace build its enterprise business.
Oren Frank hopes that the enterprise business will represent half of the revenue Talkspace brings in. Employers have started paying more attention to mental health after seeing that depression and anxiety in millennials has gone up. Leibowitz was skeptical about Talkspace at first, but joined after becoming familiar with it and its staff. Now he sees Talkspace as a way to give more people access to therapy. Read more about Oren Frank at haaretz.com
Oren Frank recently tweeted an article that girls who spend hours on social media, more than three to be exact, are more likely to be depressed. There are even more girls depressed for those who are on social media for more than five hours. Teens who more than regularly used social media were more depressed due to more anxiety, interaction with bullies/harassers, and lack of sleep.
Teen girls use social media more than teen boys do. One suggestion to change this is to take away access to social media once bed time approaches. Oren Frank commented that Talkspace could held teens delete their accounts if needed. Teens have reported not being able to sleep due to receiving notifications from social media on their phone. They’ve had self esteem issues, being unhappy with their appearance or body weight. They’ve dealt with cyberbullying and online harassment, which could have contributed to (or caused) their low self esteem.
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