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Small Business Snapshot: Talkspace

Small Business Snapshot: Talkspace Credit: Talkspace

Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Roni Frank, co-founder and head of clinical relations of Talkspace, explains how this image represents her business.

Through Talkspace's web and mobile platform, people can exchange unlimited asynchronous audio, photo and video messages with a licensed therapist, from anywhere and at any time.

My husband [co-founder Oren Frank] and I had prior experience, a few years back, with great counselors that helped save our marriage. This inspired us to reimagine therapy for the way people live today. After researching the industry, we discovered just how broken the mental health care system is. It was costly, inaccessible and highly stigmatized. Upon realizing that close to 1 in every 5 Americans are suffering from some mental illness, we embarked on a mission to make therapy more affordable and accessible for everyone.

This photo was taken at Talkspace's Inner Beauty Pedi-Pop Up Event at Cleo's Salon and Spa. This event demonstrated how taking care of your mental health could be accessible, cost-effective and stigma-free, just like getting a routine pedicure.

Ensuring the client's trust and privacy when using and an online therapy platform has been our biggest challenge. However, by reducing the barriers that prevent people from getting the support they need, Talkspace has introduced a more affordable and convenient way of accessing mental health care for 500,000 people in the United States.

Edited for brevity and clarity by Nicole Taylor.