Oren Frank is the Co-Founder and CEO of Talkspace. Talkspace is a new app that lets people sign up for video or messaging therapy sessions with licensed psychiatrists. Not only does it make the process of developing your mental health more convenient but soon you will be able to have medication prescribed using this service. To help out with this, Talkspace just hired a chief medical officer Neil Leibowitz who says he started skeptical of the app but was quickly won over.
Niel Leibowitz came over to Talkspace from UnitedHealth where he previously served as senior medical director. Oren Frank brought him over specifically to help with this new expansion into therapy sessions that can also prescribe medication where necessary. The app has been quite a success with improvements coming at regular intervals. CEO Oren Frank says that over one million people are now using the app. Find out more about Oren Frank at CNBC
Oren Frank has been a strong supporter of making therapy and other mental health tools more accessible and effective. Recently on twitter, you can see him talking about the rising costs in mental healthcare noting that the human pain cost could rise as high as 16 trillion US dollars by 2030. You can also see him reposting interesting articles from people like Michael Phelps that talk about his struggle with substance abuse and how it relates to mental health.
Recently, Oren Frank also added a tweet through Talkspace encouraging people to vote like their mental health depends on it. He has been a staunch supporter of informed voting and quick to point out how it can affect the cost of therapy, the quality, and the availability of resources that can help us stay healthy. Especially as we begin to see, studies show that a disturbing number of millennials struggle with depression right now.