Oren Frank used his own experience with therapy to create the Talkspace app. He and his wife went to see a marriage counselor, and he credits it for helping his marriage. He knows the value of being able to work through issues with the help of caring and licensed professional. Oren Frank also noticed that there were often obstacles to people accessing that quality health care. With that in mind, Frank created an app that brings together doctors and therapists and people seeking help for a variety of mental health issues. Follow Oren Frank on Twitter for updates.
Two of the major obstacles that Frank saw were cost and access. Many appointments with therapists cost hundreds of dollars, and in some towns it is difficult to get to a therapist. In some of those towns there is only one therapist, and Frank knows the importance of having a trusting relationship with a therapist. Talkspace has hundreds of therapists, so there will always be a match for every patient. Talkspace has a monthly low cost fee. For that subscription, patients can talk to therapists in several ways. They can message through the app, email, video chat or text. Therapists will respond quickly and in depth. Talkspace can be accessed anywhere someone can get to a phone, computer or tablet.
The service is completely confidential, as Frank sees that there is still a stigma attached to getting mental health help. Frank sees the dangers of social media in society. He advocates for time spent with friends and family as opposed to a life spent online. He also knows that the same media he warns against is the type of online help he is offering to people. In Frank’s personal life, he makes sure he spends time with his kids. Frank Oren is hoping Talkspace will revolutionize the way people get help for a wide range of mental health issues.