For many years the issue of mental health has been ignored. People have been suffering from mental health year in and year out but people have been afraid to speak of it. Recently, so many people have begun addressing the issue and creating a global awareness of the issue. Even with the immense awareness, there is still a stigma associated with the issue. Especially when it comes to the male gender, admission to mental illness or struggles is accompanied by shame and stigma. It takes courageous souls like Michael Phelps to come forward and admit their struggles.
About Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is a famous Olympics Swimming Champion. Michael has had quite the successful swimming career and boasts of a number of medals in his time. When people look at him, they see a champion who is courageous and talented but he has had some demons to deal with over the years. Michal recently came forward to speak about his struggles with mental health over the years. Michael speaks of suffering from Euphoria and having suicidal thoughts, he also speaks of suffering from great anxiety and depression. In a twitter feed, the swimming champion announced his partnership with Talkspace which according to him helped him get through some rough times when it was hard for an athlete like him to come out about mental health struggles.
Talkspace is a New York-based company that was established in the year 2011. The company operates and online therapy platform. The company employs over two hundred employees who specialize in online therapy, counseling, health and wellness, psychotherapy, messaging therapy that is unlimited as well as self-care. Professionals at Talkspace are focused on being available to clients who need consultation, short-term as well as long-term treatments all through the use of a smartphone or computer with access to the web. The company is aimed at promoting mental health by creating an affordable platform that is accessible to everyone. By doing so, the company also aims to attract clients who are afraid of going to traditional therapy due to stigma. By partnering with Michael Phelps, Talkspace looks forward to attracting more clients and help more people.