Michael Phelps, the 28-time Olympic medalist, has talked about his troubles with mental illness and depression since the leaving the world view as an U.S. Olympic swimmer. Since he was 15, Michael Phelps has been an Olympic athlete competing for the U.S. in countless swimming events over the years. After his swimming career ended in retirement following the 2016 Summer Olympics he was quoted as saying “I questioned whether I wanted to be alive anymore” ever since then, Michael Phelps has turned towards online therapy consulting to aid in his fight against his own depression. His search for therapeutic help brought him toward the company known as Talkspace. Talkspace, an enterprise that is capable of connecting people with licensed therapists through their website and their mobile app and has connected over one million people to help that they need, announced a partnership with Michael Phelps as not only one of their users, but also as their spokesperson who many would be able to relate to in one way or another. According to the CEO, Oren Frank, Michael Phelps was added to the board of advisors for Talkspace. His role on the board will be to help advise the company on its mental health strategy. Having Michael Phelps sharing his personal struggles to not only Talkspace, but to consumers on a worldwide scale, will only bring about a positive reinforcement about the stigma that only weak people go to therapists. Michael Phelps’ decision to become a bigger force in the therapeutic world has led to former Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. to share his own story about the struggles with depression that he has faced over the years.
Talkspace continues to provide around the clock therapeutic aid to numerous individuals, 70% of which whom have never been in therapy before. Oren Frank has the goal of making therapy accessible for all individuals.