How Men Are Taking Control Of Their Mental Health

If there's one positive to come out of the recent global pandemic, it's that conversations about mental health have never been more prevalent.

Finally, after years of stigma associated with mental health treatment and those that seek it, open conversations are being had. However, there are still some groups of people who feel they can't be as open about the struggles they are having.

Men are significantly less likely to seek out mental health treatment than women. But why is that? For men, factors such as social norms, fear of seeking help, or judgment from peers can make it difficult to get treatment for common mental health problems.

Education, prevention, awareness, and treatment are key when it comes to dealing with the complexities of mental health. Men seeking treatment for mental health should know that there are online options for therapy that can make getting started a lot easier and more comfortable.

Talkspace connects you with licensed therapists and counselors, and the good news is that anyone with a phone can have immediate access to the care and guidance they deserve.

Getting started couldn't be easier-- - simply take a brief quiz about your general mood and concerns. From there, Talkspace will recommend 3 potential therapists based on your responses. Finding the right therapist can take time, so Talkspace gives you multiple options to choose from, and if none of those are a fit, they will recommend some more.

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Once you've made your choice, your therapist will help you identify specific issues to focus on. Whether you're dealing with substance abuse or feeling stressed in your job, Talkspace has a trained therapist to help in specific fields. Their therapists are also uniquely trained for the online space, carefully vetted, and have an average of 9 years of experience as professional mental health care providers.

Talkspace offers a more flexible approach than traditional therapy, meaning you'll gain ongoing 24/7 access to therapists, so you can reach out whenever you need. As a subscriber, you'll have unlimited text, real-time video sessions, and audio messaging. Message anywhere, any time, and you're guaranteed a response 5 days a week. Plus, you can switch therapists at any time you need to at no extra cost.

A big hurdle that often deters people from seeking therapy is how straining it can be on your finances. Talkspace makes therapy accessible to everyone--plans range from $65 to $100 per week -a lot less than traditional therapy. Talkspace is HIPAA-compliant and works with employers and health plans to make access to therapy affordable. There are no hidden fees and you can cancel at any time.

Finally tackling your mental health can feel daunting, but it doesn't have to with Talkspace. They've partnered with Olympian Swimmer Micheal Phelps to bring more awareness to men's mental health struggles. "Therapy helped save my life," says Michael Phelps, "and it can help you."

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