These Famous Women Are Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

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Because we’re all about discussing mental health and fighting the stigma of mental illness, we at Talkspace decided to celebrate women who are changing the conversation on mental health and illness for the better.

Some use their star power to challenge stigma and inspire others to open up about mental illness. Others innovated in fields relevant to mental health. Past or present, they are part of the reason our society is moving toward breaking the stigma of mental illness and valuing mental health. Continue reading These Famous Women Are Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

Taking Control of Your Mental Illness During the Holiday Season

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Mental health professionals often refer to the holiday season as the most difficult time of year for their clients. There is more in the air than the scent of fresh baked cookies. On the not-so-sweet side there are awkward family interactions, embarrassing past woes revealed, resurfacing childhood trauma, addiction relapse rampant — the list goes on.

People seem to get sicker this time of year, both mentally and physically. If you find the holidays tough and notice negative changes in your mental health, these tips will shed some light on strategies you can use to stay balanced. Continue reading Taking Control of Your Mental Illness During the Holiday Season

10 Misleading Assumptions About Mental Illness: Learn the Truth

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The top Google image results for “mentally ill people,” include: John Hinckley (the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan), a homeless man, the Aurora shooter, and pictures of Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Shining.”

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These results reflect the reality of how the public views the mentally ill and makes hurtful, stigmatizing assumptions about them. By drawing upon experience from our network of therapists and reaching out to mental health professionals, we readied a dose of reality to debunk the assumptions they encountered one by one and shame the stigma.

It’s time people understand what being mentally ill really means. Continue reading 10 Misleading Assumptions About Mental Illness: Learn the Truth

We Need to Get Better at Talking About Mental Illness

How to Shame the Stigma Around Mental Illness

Mental Illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all – Bill Clinton

We live in a busy and chaotic world where it can be difficult for us to find inspiration or direction.

Thanks to social media outlets and mainstream media, we are constantly bombarded and marginalized by messages touting perfection. It seems that our best is not “good enough.” And nowhere is this “imperfection shaming” phenomenon more visible than when discussing the topic of mental illness. Continue reading We Need to Get Better at Talking About Mental Illness

The Life, Art, and Mental Illness of Frida Kahlo

The Life, Art, and Mental Illness of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was no stranger to mental illness. The life and work of this incredible Mexican artist contained an uncanny amount of pain, suffering, and loss.

She was a woman who endured a horrible illness, an even worse accident, and a marriage plagued by relentless infidelity. Because of these monumental events, Kahlo suffered from anxiety and depression, as well as alcoholism and identity issues throughout her life.  Continue reading The Life, Art, and Mental Illness of Frida Kahlo

Surprising Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous

Surprising Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous

Do you sleep like Nikola Tesla or Barack Obama?

Ever wonder how some of world’s most incredible people got their beauty sleep? Well, wonder no more. We’ve found the coolest infographic that breaks down the surprising sleep habits of the rich and famous. Turns out Leonardo Da Vinci utilized a crazy polyphasic sleep cycle, while Richard Branson prefers a fixated block of solid snooze time. Continue reading Surprising Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous

Depression: How One Disorder Became A Family Affair

Depression How One Disorder Became A Family Affair

1 in 10 Americans and 121 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression.

– by Luanne Rossi, LCSW / Talkspace Therapist

Depression usually affects more people than the individual it attacks. Family members of the person afflicted can experience a multitude of life changes, including financial difficulties, strained relationships within the family and unanticipated shifts in the overall dynamic. A lack of education about depression can cause close friends and family members to disassociate from the afflicted person, intensifying his or her feelings of loneliness. Continue reading Depression: How One Disorder Became A Family Affair

You Need to Know These Facts About Veterans and PTSD

How to Help Veterans Deal with PTSD Live Better

“When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn’t over for the veterans, or the family. It’s just starting.” – Karl Marlantes

Our sense of security stems from knowing many of our bravest men and women are prepared to put down their lives to protect us. On the other hand, those who have witnessed the horrors of war inevitably have to cope with the impacts of those experiences such as post traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. The first step towards taking care of these veterans is understanding how PTSD affects their community.  Continue reading You Need to Know These Facts About Veterans and PTSD

Talkspace Pedi-Pop Up Event Takes Over Gramercy!

Talkspace Pedi-Pop Up Event Takes Over Gramercy!

Last Friday, Talkspace took over the swanky Cleo Spa and Salon in NYC’s Gramercy District for its highly anticipated Inner Beauty Pedi-Pop Up Event!

During the free inner-and-outer beauty session, guests were encouraged to mingle, network, and get their feet pampered by Cleo’s skillful experts while chatting away with our professional Talkspace therapists. The affair went off without a hitch, even the weather cleared up for the afternoon despite the gloomy forecast and overcast morning. Continue reading Talkspace Pedi-Pop Up Event Takes Over Gramercy!

The Future of Online Therapy

The Future of Online Therapy

Transforming Mental and Social Welfare Programs Around the World

The future of online therapy is full of incredible possibilities that can potentially transform numerous aspects of the world’s social structure. Imagine if we could utilize it to reform the organization of rehabilitation programs in juvenile centers from the ground up; change how counseling services are administered to the growing number of refugees around the world; or provide support to people suffering from impulse control or manic depression. While we are only getting to understand the positive impact of online therapy on an individual level, as it becomes more mainstream and less stigmatized, it can ultimately evolve into a game-changing tool capable of redrawing how health and social welfare programs are run on a global scale. Continue reading The Future of Online Therapy