BetterHelp launches scholarship for students studying mental health

10 students will receive $10,000 to use for the next school year

About 122 million Americans, more than a third of the population, living in an area where there is a shortage of mental health professionals. In fact, to fill these gaps, the United States needs more than 6,000 more mental health care providers, so we need to encourage more people to enter these careers.

BetterHelpa provider of direct-to-consumer access to behavioral and mental health services, is doing its part to help close this gap by launch a new scholarship for college students in the field of mental health.

Called the Future of Mental Health Scholarshipthe company will award 10 college students $10,000 scholarships to be used for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

“BetterHelp, the world’s largest therapy platform, is excited to expand the future of mental health. Our mission is to make mental health care more accessible, and that includes investing in the future of This fellowship calls on all emerging leaders in the mental health space to share their stories, their passion for mental health, and how they hope to improve it,” the company wrote.

To be considered, the student must be enrolled at a university for the 2022-2023 school year, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be majoring in psychology or a mental health-related field.

Registration is open until September 1, 2022 and winners will be announced in early October.

“Young people have done tremendous work to reduce the stigma of mental health care and advocate for better resources,” said Alon Matas, president and founder of BetterHelp, in a statement.

“We are thrilled to launch this first scholarship and support future leaders who will undoubtedly make a huge impact in the field of mental health over the course of their careers.”

Founded in 2013, BetterHelp enables patients to access care in a variety of ways, including text, video or phone.

When a consumer decides to use BetterHelp, they first receive a questionnaire of approximately 30 questions, which will help break them down by demographics, such as age and marital status. They are also asked about their specific needs, for example if they are struggling with depression or if they suffer from stress or anxiety. They can also tell if they have more specific issues, such as eating disorders or LGBT-related issues. The third part of the integration process is their preference for their therapist; for example, they may say they want someone older and female, or they want a gay counselor, or they want someone of color.

Once BetterHelp obtains this information from the patient, it will match that person with a therapist based on their preferences, as well as previous success rates; if the patient is not satisfied, he is free to change as many times as he wishes until he finds someone who works for him.

The patient can get in touch with his counselor in different ways: by exchanging messages, by live chat, by talking on the phone or by videoconference. BetterHelp’s big breakthrough, Matas told me, was realizing how many people would want to communicate via text, even though some doubted counseling could work that way.

In January 2015, BetterHelp was acquired by telehealth service Teladoc, and by 2018 the company had over $60 million in annual revenue. There were over 25,000 therapists facilitating over 5,000,000 video sessions, voice calls, chats and messages each month.

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