Although smartphones have positively revolutionized how people interact with friends, there are a handful of negative aspects that have mushroomed of late. A South Korean research firm recently released a report that showed that about one out of ten teens who use smartphone end up suffering from depression. The good thing about technology is that it is more of a self-reliant tool. Today, the very technology that is leading to depression has created online platforms through which people suffering depression can seek professional help online and in the comfort of their homes. One such platform is Talkspace, a New York-based therapy mobile app.
How Talkspace is Changing Therapy Experience
Talkspace already commands a huge membership. According to its records, about half a million users are using the app to seek an audience with more than a thousand professional therapists. The platform works in such a way that users can chat either through text messages or a live Skype session. This is expected to be improved sooner than later, especially because Megellan Health and Talkspace entered into a business agreement recently in which will collaborate to have on-demand psychotherapists provided by Megellan for Talkspace users.
Using Talkspace comes with a small fee. The fee varies depending on the type of service sought and the duration & frequency of it. To get a single check-in per day, for example, a user has to pay a fee of $32 on a weekly basis. For a couple of check-ins, on the other hand, a user pays $39 per week. The latter package is modeled in such a way that one can add $10 to enjoy one video session with a therapist per month.
There is no doubt that Talkspace has impacted positively on the lives of many people under depression. Going by the many positive testimonials and reviews from users, the platform given by Talkspace is good in the sense that it lets one seek help in anonymity.
Talkspace is on social media, with its Twitter handle @talkspace serving as a platform for users to give their reviews as well as to get general updates on changes effected on the app. The head offices for the app are in New York.