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Headspace launches direct-to-consumer mental health services

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Mental health platform Headspace has announced it now offers mental health coaching for its direct-to-consumer subscriber base and will bring therapy services to consumers later in 2024.

From this month, US consumers can sign up to access one-on-one support from a mental health coach, enabling them to tackle a wide range of life challenges that may not require a therapist.

Headspace mental health coaches aim to help people with issues such as managing everyday stress, building healthier relationships and improving emotional resilience.

Members can chat with a coach on their within the Headspace app.

Jenna Glover, Ph.D. is Chief Clinical Officer, Headspace.

She said: “By bringing mental health services to consumers, we’re advancing our mission of providing every person with lifelong mental health support.

“We believe coaching is a lower-cost and more accessible level of care than therapy that can help the majority of our members stay on track with health and wellness goals and feel supported.”

Since its 2021 merger with on-demand mental health provider Ginger, Headspace has provided mental health coaching to individuals whose employers and health plans subsidize it as a benefit.

A real-world evidence, observational study of Headspace’s B2B members showed that the company’s coaching services led to improvements in symptoms of everyday anxiety and depression.

Leigh-Ann Webster is Executive Director of the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

She said: “As demand for mental health support grows, we foresee health and wellness coaching becoming even more integral within the continuum of care.

“Coaching allows people to tap into far more support, while still driving meaningful change and improved health and wellbeing.

“Ultimately, National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches play a foundational role in supporting the skill-building work and behavior change that fuels mental strength and resilience.”

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