Using the online video chat and text platform, Talkspace, people can access mental health therapists privately and conveniently. Oren Frank founded Talkspace more than five years ago. The organization currently has more than 3,000 licensed therapists and more than 1 million users are subscribed to its plans.
Talkspace is positioning itself to work with employers as a mental health benefit, and is contemplating an IPO. Its first step involves adding a chief medical officer, Neil Liebowitz, M.D. to facilitate issuing pharmaceutical prescriptions. With his experience as an insurance executive and in the medical profession Leibowitz plans to assist Oren Frank and his team in gaining ground with corporate inroads. Check out Oren Frank on Youtube to learn more.
Several studies are revealing an increase in depression and anxiety,especially among millennials. As this affects productivity and workplace environment, employers are seeking affordable mental health services solutions. Oren Frank states in an interview with CNBC that in current corporate trials approximately 10 percent of the organizations’ employees try Talkspace.
Recent tweets from Oren Frank involve speaking to the dangers of social media on children’s mental health, and on spotlighting athlete Michael Phelps’ journey with mental health issues. The primary topics are anxiety, depression, and addiction.
In an article Oren Frank shares, studies from the National Survey of Children’s Health discuss statistics and trends. Negative trends include loss of focus, emotional instability, inability to stay on task, and decreased social skills.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is active in Oren Frank’s efforts to destigmatize asking for help, especially among youth. In an interview Frank shares, Phelps reveals how emotional trauma relating to his relationship with his father led to a fear of rejection. Later, Phelps developed problems with addiction attempting to self-medicate, and with suicidal thoughts. He encourages anyone facing self-harm or feelings low self worth to reach out and seek help.