Virtual mental health company Talkspace (NASDAQ: TALK) is zeroing in on women’s health through a new partnership with digital menopause care organization Evernow.
As part of the agreement, Evernow’s 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 blend psychoeducation, reflections, exercises 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 at Evernow, told Behavioral Health Business in an email. “Pairing experts in behavioral health with experts in women’s health & menopause provides an opportunity to offer specialized care and drive better outcomes.”
The service is free for patients and Talkspace will be reimbursed “a small monthly platform fee for providing access to Evernow patients enrolled in multi-month memberships.” Talkspace will also offer Evernow members looking for therapy a discount.
Through the partnership, Evernow will also provide Talkspace clinicians with additional resources to help their clients navigate the hormonal shifts associated with menopause.
While this is the company’s first partnership focused on women’s health, Talkspace is interested in leaning into this space.
“Women’s health is a strong focus, as we learn how much is interconnected, we see a great need to adopt a whole-person health approach,” Natalie Cummins, chief business officer at Talkspace, told BHB in an email. “We believe we are uniquely positioned with a large proportion of female providers and a Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nikole Benders-Hadi, who is deeply passionate about women’s health and access. We will be launching an array of strategic partnerships in the near future. Evernow and Talkspace set a strong foundation for a coalition of companies to help women navigate their needs at every stage of their lives.”
Talkspace isn’t the only behavioral health company looking at integrating with 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 providing patients with personalized menopause care plans. Gennev can refer its patients to LifeStance psychiatrists and psychotherapists as part of the partnership.