Taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do. Here at Kenzie Academy, we’re big on self-care and doing what you need to thrive each and every day. For us, that means looking after our mental health.
Back in May, we spent a lot of time talking about the subject in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. We discussed the benefits and challenges of receiving professional mental health care and our favorite tips and tricks for DIY solutions.
We’ve also been having honest talks with the Kenzie Fam about how we’re all really doing — you know, living in the midst of the largest global health crisis and civil rights movement of the 21st century. We’ve been trying to take days off to tend to our minds as needed and encouraging each other as we navigate this time together.
In the midst of all this, we decided to seek a deeper solution to help ensure Kenzie students and staff all have access to professional mental health care on a regular basis. So, we’re pretty pumped to officially announce our partnership with Talkspace.
As of last week, Kenzie Academy staff and students have access to the online therapy platform for free. Talkspace is HIPAA-compliant so users can feel totally safe and secure to share their mental health concerns on it.
The app allows users to connect with a dedicated therapist anytime, anywhere. You’ll fill out some information and Talkspace will present you with a few therapists who may be a good match. Once you’ve chosen one, you can start messaging your therapist. You’ll also get a complimentary 10-minute video call to get to know your therapist a bit more. Therapists are available 5 days a week to respond to your text and video messages. They typically respond once or twice daily when online.
All therapists on Talkspace are licensed, verified, and background checked. Unlike traditional therapy, you can message your therapist whenever you’d like, and the app boasts bank-grade encryption. Right now, Talkspace is offering a free therapist-led support group for those who have been affected by racial trauma.
It’s the perfect combo of tech and mental health care in our book! And, we’re looking forward to seeing how Talkspace helps our students and staff process their emotions and life challenges going forward.
Interested in more content about mental health? Check out these blogs from this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month where we highlighted topics like how employers can support mental health in the workplace, apps to try, creating healthy social media habits, and resources for your mental health toolbox.