How often do you rely on your smartphone? In today’s world, these small but powerful gadgets have seemingly become humans new best friend. Its how we maintain a constant connection with the world, and each other. But, sometimes those constant connections can cause negative consequences. Startling results from a recent South Korean study found evidence that roughly 10 percent of teens who own smartphones and spent large amounts of time online, may be at risk for depression.
There is, however, a bright light at the end of the digital tunnel. Companies like Talkspace are finding ways to help individuals who suffer from mental illness by connecting therapist to those seeking help with their condition. Because of the shame and stigmas often associated with mental illness, seeking help may be difficult for some individuals. The fear of being judged can be extremely overwhelming and can aid in the forming of barriers to mental health and proper treatment for these conditions. Talkspace offers its users the chance to connect with a licensed therapist right from the comfort of their own homes.
Their e-therapy platform offered a variety of options, including video calls and text-based therapy. More than 500,000 people trust the Talkspace platform for their mental health needs. It is a community built on support and the promise to create a world free of stigmas and misconceptions.