Some people fear going to the dentist, other people fear going to a therapist. These fears are very different and exist for different reasons, but the fact remains that some people simply do not like the idea of seeking help for their mental health issues. It is a sad commentary on our society that we have allowed this stigma to stick around so unchallenged in many circles. However, the good news is that there are some who are trying to fix it.
Talkspace is an excellent example of something that is attempting to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. What Talkspace is all about is an application that makes it possible for a person to text a therapist rather than just go and see one in person. That matters for all of those people who have the fear of seeing a therapist face-to-face.
This is a New York based app that claims to already be serving 500,000 people by pairing them up with more than 1,000 professional therapists. That is a sizable dent in the overall problem of mental health. It is certainly not something to be brushed aside.
The rates of hospitalization are considerably lower for those with mental health issues who use the app than those who do not says the company. Lives and money are literally being saved by the fact that this app exists. It is an unprecedented miracle in the mental health community, and the people who use it regularly are able to share with others the great bounty of success that they have had with it. This will surely help to spread the word about this app a little more broadly in the future. There is great hope that more people will hear of it and start to use it for themselves going forward.