Oren Frank is one of the co-founders of Talkspace and is its chief executive officer. His company was founded under the premise of “Therapy for All”, making using to a licensed therapist both less expensive and more accessible. Mental health care is in a societal crisis across the world. Established in 2012, Talkspace has been used by over one million people to talk to a licensed therapist using text, audio, and video.
He had been in the marketing and advertising world for a decade, most of this time spent at McCann Erickson Worldwide. He was an executive and widely recognized by others in the industry as a creative strategist. After getting couples therapy with his wife, Roni, he decided that he would rather work in the mental health care industry helping people with issues such as depression and anxiety.
Oren Frank was on the “Mental Health and the Next Generation” panel conducted by the Milken Institute. This panel discussed millennials who are sometimes called the “anxious generation” but are actually a lot more willing to talk about mental health than older generations are. They are breaking the stigma of depression and other mental health issues. This is incredibly important as only 44% of adults and less than 20% of kids and teens are getting mental health treatment that they need.
Talkspace can be used through their website or through smartphone and tablets. One of the benefits is that people can talk with a licensed therapist without having to physically travel to their office. It’s also a lot less expensive than traditional therapy as it starts at $79 a week. People provide initial information and they are then matched with a licensed therapist by either an intake specialist or they can select one that an algorithm suggests. People can send an unlimited amount of texts to their therapist and receive a reply once or twice a day.