Our resilience has gotten us to the end of 2020, the longest, and definitely the strangest year in recent history. From the healthcare professionals who kept us safe and essential workers who kept us fed, to protest and progress against racial injustice, and, finally, to the fastest vaccine development in history, we also have many reasons to be grateful.
Equally notable, whether we worked to construct new daily routines, implement more thoughtfulness into our day, or made the time to speak with a therapist — many of us have learned to prioritize our mental health during this stressful year.
Here’s a brief look back at 2020, including the grief and uncertainty we’ve managed to endure, happy moments we’ll remember, and how Talkspace advanced its mission of mental health for all.
Uplifting videos of Italians on balconies singing during lockdown
In March, despite hospitals overwhelmed by the novel coronavirus, the world was moved by the early footage of Italians on their balconies playing music, and singing opera and patriotic songs.
Talkspace provides free mental health services to frontline medical workers
As soon as it became clear how overextended — and traumatized — frontline healthcare professionals were during the first wave, Talkspace provided free mental health services to support them through the bleakest days of the pandemic.
New Yorkers clapped for healthcare workers each evening at 7pm
When New York became the epicenter of the virus, and hospitals were inundated with suffering patients, New Yorkers found a way to come together by clapping at 7pm everyday in support of all those fighting to help keep us safe during those dark times.
Talkspace expanded access to care for 40 million with insurance coverage
Talkspace worked to combat the mental health crisis by partnering with Cigna to offer over 40 million people with insurance virtual mental health care.
We had more time at home with family
Although the refrigerator might have been a revolving door, we got on each other’s nerves, argued politics, and invaded one another’s space, many felt an appreciation for the additional family time quarantine afforded.
We came together to demand an end to racial violence and inequity
2020 came with a racial reckoning and hundreds of thousands forcefully took to the streets to fight for change and justice.
Talkspace offered mental health resources to those in need during period of racial unrest
After the extra-judicial killing of George Floyd by police, Talkspace offered free and accessible mental health services to support BIPOC members of the community. We also boosted our own internal educational efforts, led a new therapist onboarding initiative, implemented free therapist-led support groups for those affected by racial trauma, and matched donations to grassroots organizations fighting white supremacy.
Zoom kept us connected
When social life seemed to stop and work and school were moved online, we adapted by using virtual technology to continue our professional and personal lives. While many have succumbed to Zoom fatigue, without these technologies we would have felt much more isolated and alone. The transition wasn’t too hard for Talkspace clients who were already using technology to communicate safely and effectively.
Talkspace worked with Bumble to support singles during quarantine
Loneliness was at a high this year with 61% of Americans reporting that they felt alone. Because singles suffered from major dips in their mental health during quarantine, Talkspace partnered with Bumble to provide the dating app’s single users easy-to-access mental health support.
We’ve had more time for our hobbies
The extra time at home afforded us the ability to focus on our hobbies or pick up new ones. We may not have written King Lear, as Shakespeare did in plague-shuttered London in the early 1500s, but many of us got to spend time at home reading, learning a new language, baking, and making art.
Lasting joined Talkspace
In November of 2020, Talkspace acquired Lasting, an app created to support healthier, happier relationships. The addition of Lasting into the Talkspace family couldn’t have come at a more relevant time when couples are spending more time at home together.
America held its presidential election
After a tumultuous election season, America decided on a new leader and celebrated the election of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman and woman of color to attain the office.
Talkspace and the City of Reno provided free therapy to all 200k residents
In a year where mental health and well-being have plummeted and the percentage of Americans reporting symptoms of depression has more than tripled, Talkspace and the city of Reno joined forces to provide free therapy to all 200K residents of Reno, Nevada.