Virtual mental health company Talkspace (NASDAQ: TALK) is focusing on women’s health through a new partnership with digital menopause care organization Evernow.
As part of the agreement, Evernow members will have access to free mental health resources on Talkspace, specifically self-guided therapy sessions with relevant information for those experiencing perimenopause and menopause. These sessions combine psychoeducation, meditation, exercise, and journaling to help individuals manage symptoms.
Members can also tap into on-demand workshops and classes led by a therapist, which include content to help members navigate perimenopause and menopause.
“There is strong evidence linking anxiety and depression to the perimenopause transition,” Dr. Alicia Jackson, CEO and founder of Evernow, told Behavioral Health Business in an email. “Pairing behavioral health experts with women’s health and menopause experts provides an opportunity to offer specialized care and drive better outcomes.”
The service is free for patients, and Talkspace will be paid “a small monthly platform fee for providing access to Evernow patients enrolled in multiple months of membership.” Talkspace will also offer EverNow members seeking therapy a discount.
Through the partnership, Evernow will also provide Talkspace clinics with additional resources to help their clients navigate the hormonal changes associated with menopause.
While this is the company’s first partnership focused on women’s health, Talkspace is keen to venture into this space.
“Women’s health is a strong focus, and while we know how much is interconnected, we see a great need to adopt a whole-person health approach,” Natalie Cummins, chief business officer of Talkspace, told NPA in an email. “We believe that we are in a unique position with a large proportion of female providers and a Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nikole Benders-Hadi, who is very passionate about women’s health and access. We will launch a series of strategic partnerships in the near future. Evernow and Talkspace have laid a strong foundation for a coalition of companies to help women navigate their needs in every stage of their lives.
Talkspace isn’t the only behavioral health company looking to integrate women’s health. In May, large outpatient behavioral health provider LifeStance (Nasdaq: LFST) announced a new partnership with Gennev, a United Women’s Healthcare affiliate that offers a digital health platform that provides patients with personalized menopause care plans. Gennev may refer its patients to LifeStance psychiatrists and psychotherapists as part of the partnership.