For as long as humans have been human – nobody knows exactly how long that may be, but it’s undeniably, science suggests, in the millions of years – we’ve experienced both physical health issues and their mental counterparts. While having a broken bone, a serious disease like multiple sclerosis, or a simple infection is far from enjoyable, experiencing chronic mental health issues can often prove to victims as debilitating.
Thankfully, within the past one hundred years, roughly, advancements in the field of medicine and mental health treatment have collectively increased the life expectancy of the world’s average human from roughly 40 years of age to more than 70.
Even though the treatment of physical health problems causes their sufferers to face serious issues that get in the way of everyday functions, like walking, working, and lifting things, mental health problems can – and do, research indicates – shorten the life expectancy of those inflicted by such pain, and even result in physical health problems of their own accord, including heart attacks and strokes.
Despite the seriousness of mental health problems, physical health has received the bulk of attention from researchers, practitioners, and academics in the general, overarching field of medicine, in this case including counseling, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and similar fields – really anything that helps humans live better lives for longer periods of time.
Unfortunately, even people living in the well-developed, first-world United States of America, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Australia, and so many other countries aren’t able to reliably seek out treatment for their mental health problems.
Why? There are, more or less, three central problems that make it difficult for everyone to get help for mental issues, whether those issues are serious and affect everything in a person’s life, like schizophrenia, or aren’t that troublesome, like simple stress that affects virtually everyone on a daily basis.
The first of these problems is that most people aren’t available to visit treatment providers when they’re open. Regardless of someone’s employment status, most households with one working, reliable vehicle have a working member that uses them during the day, typically sometime beginning near sunup and ending near sundown. Unfortunately for people with mental health issues, this schedule doesn’t allow them to reliably transport themselves or others to mental health treatment providers.
Even those people do have access to reliable transportation, they might not have enough money to visit service providers. Further, what if they don’t feel comfortable getting out in person and being seen in person by others? Believe it or not – most people probably won’t have any mental roadblocks in believing it – seeking help for mental health issues, or simply having one in the first place, is looked down upon by some.
Talkspace provides a service that allows people seeking mental health help to text or call their licensed service providers for help. This online therapy helps people receive the assistance to improve their lives, all without incurring any of the many popular problems so many other people experience in their journeys to achieving higher mental health statuses.