At Talkspace, we stand in solidarity with the Black community. We believe there is no place for racism, violence, or hatred and are committed to providing mental health support for those affected by the longstanding racial injustice in our country, punctuated by recent events. To foster safe spaces, facilitate constructive dialogue, and provide support for those in need, we are offering substantial financial assistance for therapy in the Black community. We see you, we hear you, and we stand with you. Stay tuned for more updates and support from Talkspace. #BlackLivesMatter
Talkspace Diversity and Inclusion Promise
Mental health conditions do not discriminate based upon race, gender, or identity. One in five people in the U.S. will struggle with a mental health issue at some point during their lives. In the Black community, mental health challenges can also result from witnessing and experiencing systemic racism. As a result, according to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, members of the Black community are more likely than other groups to experience serious psychological distress.
That said, only 30% of African American adults with mental illness receive treatment each year, compared to the U.S. average of 43%. Although experiences vary, some reasons for the discrepancy include:
- Skepticism in the Black community due to a history of misdiagnosis and discrimination, rationalized and weaponized via mental health treatment
- High costs and lack of information or familiarity with treatment options
- Heightened stigma related to asking for help
- Provider bias and lack of cultural competence in the delivery of therapy to African Americans
- A preference for and reliance upon community, faith, and spirituality
Therapy Donation Program
- Talkspace will underwrite a $100k in-kind therapy donation for members of the Black community.
- To make the greatest impact, we are dispersing the therapy through partnerships with organizations that serve the Black community specifically.
- Beyond the $100k donation for free therapy, we’re also offering an additional $100k in discounted therapy services for those who come to Talkspace citing trauma connected to racism.
Therapist Onboarding Initiative
- We have been actively working to increase the diversity of our network of therapists to better serve our client requests, to further our mission of “Therapy for All”, and meet the growing demand for mental health services.
Therapist Educational Efforts
- Culturally Responsive Therapy and Engagement Strategies for Diverse Clients Learning Group: Led by Dr. Reshawna Chapple, the purpose of this group is to support providers in their work with clients by discussing issues of race, racial trauma, and intersectionality. This will be an ongoing learning opportunity for our therapists.
- Our clinical team is exploring additional training opportunities for our providers to promote anti-racism and culturally responsive care.
Company Donation Match
- Talkspace will match any employee’s donation up to $10K to any of the following organizations: Bail Funds Project, ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Innocence Project, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, The National Urban League
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