Dissinger Reed, a collegiate insurance company, has recently announced a partnership with Talkspace, a digital therapy provider, for promoting better mental health in college students. Through an easy-to-use online platform, college athletes and students will be able to consult a certified therapist at any time of the day.
According to the statistics, the number of cases of depression is rising rapidly every year. The largest number of people who get a diagnosis of depression is typically from the young adult age group which includes people between the ages of 16-24.
In addition, college students, in particular, are at a very high risk of developing mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and others. As a result, the suicide rates among adolescents and young adults are on the rise as well.
This is one of the biggest concerns regarding health at the moment globally. In the past decade, suicide among young adults has 87% higher than it was before. Therefore, there is a need to combat the issue with effective initiatives and measures.
Dissinger Reed is a well-known name for athletic and collegiate insurance in the market since its inception in the year 1982. Currently, it is working with over two hundred colleges.
With the Dissinger Reed, students and student-athletes can get customized health insurance plans and get quick responses if there is a case of any potential changes. By collaborating with Talkspace, the company can further improve student-college experience by resolving one of the biggest issues in college students.
Talkspace is an established, telebehavioral healthcare company with more than five thousand certified therapists that can provide multiple services including consultation and prescription fulfillment.
Founded by Roni Frank and Oren Frank in 2012, the company provides a user-friendly HIPAA-compliant web as well as a mobile platform. It can connect an individual with a therapist while sitting at home hence completing its mission of improving mental health and removing the stigma attached to it. Over one million people currently use Talkspace.
In their new collaboration, Dissinger Reed and Talkspace improve mental health facilities available in college and university campuses by introducing a diverse range of mental health services.
Secondly, any of the students in the partner college or university can not only send unlimited texts, photos, or videos to a selected therapist five days a week but also consult on-campus counselors or utilize the resources.
In accordance with his/her preference, each one of the students can make use of any of the services either on the online platform or on the services available in his/her college or university campus.
The CEO of Dissinger Reed, Christian Reed, states that this initiative complements the mission of both of the companies which is to improve the mental health of the students and improve their college life experience.
He hopes that the newly introduced facilities by the collaboration with aid in the elimination of social stigmas attached to mental health and seeking help for any mental health issues. Consequently, students will perform better academically, athletically, and can even manage and juggle between social life, familial life, and any job.