Recently, Talkspace, a company that offers online therapy services through video chat, has hired a new medical officer. His role to help in building a larger enterprise through prescribing medicines through the Talkspace app. Neil Leibowitz served as a senior medical director at UnitedHealth before joining Talkspace. According to Oren Frank, Talkspace is expanding its services through selling to employers; thus, they brought in a chief medical officer to help.
Oren Frank (CEO of Talkspace) says that as an ex-insurance executive, Neil will not only help in medical prescriptions but also on the corporate side of the business. He will assist Talkspace in representing half of its revenue by the end of the year. Due to increased rates of depression and anxiety among the employees in workstations, employees have started taking mental health more seriously, therefore, creating opportunities for Talkspace. Neil decided to join the company after taking time to know the team and their product. He was much pleased by their idea of offering affordable therapy sessions to anyone in need through the internet. Read more about Oren Frank at cnbc.com
Oren Frank’s recent message on Twitter
On the last tweet, Oren Frank talks about how most teens see depression as a significant problem among their fellow peers. He says that mental health cuts across gender, social economic and racial lines. Very few teens report concerns about being bullied in schools or drug and alcohol consumption cases. Teens face pressure in education whereby some are struggling to get good grades, some to look good and a number to fit in socially.
Oren Frank posted a tweet about a conference Talkspace held with Michael Phelp, world-champion swimmer. Talkspace is an online platform that deals with offering online therapy services. Phelp says that most people tend to place athletes and those in c-suite on a termed mythical level. He says that they are people with common challenges just like others. They could also have mental illnesses, yet they are still under a formidable task to perform. He says that disease is not a weakness but part of the human condition.