Talkspace provides parents with back-to-school mental health and wellbeing advice in ‘Mental Health Progress Report’

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the American Academy of Pediatrics declares child and adolescent health a “national emergency”, one of the leading online behavioral health companies Discussion area (NASDAQ: TALK) is offering parents and caregivers a free audio webinar, developed by clinicians with insights into delivering mental health services to 13 school systems nationally.

Available on demand hereTalkspace’s “Mental Health Progress Report” includes mental health and wellbeing resources to ease anxiety, fear and worry as students and families prepare to navigate the new school year, and practical ways for parents to manage the transition back to school, including self-care tips and tricks to support children’s emotional well-being.

Less than half of the 7.7 million children in the United States with an identifiable mental health disorder receive help from a mental health professional. This can add to the mental load and concerns of parents. Talkspace therapists have provided the following five (5) tips for parents to help them manage stress and anxiety at the start of the school year:

  1. Take care of yourself by using the STOP method. Sfinish what you are doing and take a break. Jbreathe deeply. Oobserve what is happening to you. Pkeep doing something positive or nice for yourself.

  2. Grieve losses; do you really allow feel the sadness that comes as your child/children grow.

  3. Anticipate the transition time. The transition to school can take anywhere from two weeks to a few months. Think ahead about potential obstacles – how does your child typically deal with transitions? What might be difficult for your family?

  4. Plan the connection. Find a time in your week to connect as a family and check how your child feels about school.

  5. Meet your child(ren) where they are. Think about how you can partner with your child this year to focus on success and try to set realistic expectations.

“We know that back to school is an extremely stressful time for students and parents, especially in light of recent headlines regarding school safety and still in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Liz Colizza, Director of Research and Programs at Talkspace and Parent Educator. “Particularly in the past two years, parents have been able to oversee almost every aspect of their children’s lives, including education throughout the remote learning process. At Talkspace, we want to help parents manage any anxiety associated with returning to school and provide them with practical guidance on how to support children during this time of transition and feel empowered to proactively reach out to their school community to share their concerns.

Talkspace has demonstrated a strong commitment to addressing the effects of the pandemic for those working in education, particularly at the K-12 level. A recent national survey showed that more than half (55%) of teachers were considering leaving the profession sooner than expected due to pandemic-related stressors and fatigue, with 90% saying burnout was a major problem. To support school communities during this time of heightened stress, Talkspace offers teachers and staff their full range of evidence-based mental health services – from therapy and psychiatric services to self-guided lessons. Talkspace has partnered with schools and school districts nationwide to offer a combination of these services, including Indianapolis Public Schools, Mastery Charter Schools in Pennsylvania, Los Gatos-Saratoga Union School District in California, and Federal Way public schools in Washington.

About Talkspace

Talkspace is a leading virtual behavioral healthcare company with a purpose-built technology platform. As a digital healthcare company, all care is delivered through an easy-to-use, fully encrypted web and mobile platform in compliance with HIPAA and other state regulatory requirements.

Today, the need for care seems more urgent than ever. When looking for treatment, whether it’s psychiatry or adolescent, individual or couples therapy, Talkspace has treatment options for almost every need. With Talkspace, members can send text, video, and voice messages to their dedicated therapists anytime, from anywhere, and participate in live video sessions.

For more information on Talkspace’s business relationships, visit https://business.talkspace.com/. Learn more about online therapy, please visit https://www.talkspace.com/online-therapy/. To learn more about Talkspace Psychiatry, please visit https://www.talkspace.com/psychiatry.

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