Michael Phelps Teams With Online Mental Health Startup Talkspace
New York-based Talkspace is a web and mobile app offering users mental treatment given by licensed therapists through text messages or recorded voice and video messages
Founded in 2011 by Israeli couple Roni and Oren Frank, Talkspace, operated by Groop Internet Platform Inc., is a web and mobile app that offers users affordable digital mental therapy given by licensed therapists through text messages or recorded voice and video messages.
In August, Talkspace raised $31 million from Softbank Group Corporation and other investors, bringing its overall funding to over $59.5 million.
The campaign is meant to fight stigmas surrounding mental illness that keep people from seeking help, the company said in a statement. "All too often, we forget that mental illness does not discriminate and that you can be affected no matter your background, occupation, or level of success,” Michael Kuznetsov Talkspace’s vice president of marketing said in a statement.