Oren Frank spent the first several years of his career in the marketing and advertising industry. It was something he did well at but pretty much regrets. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, he attended Leicester Polytechnic in England and then started working for the advertising firm EMEA in London. This led to C-Level positions at McCann Erickson Worldgroup and MRM Worldwide before deciding he had enough of marketing things.
Along with his wife and some business partners, Oren Frank decided to pay for his sin of working in the marketing and advertising industry by helping people’s mental health. Oren and Roni Frank had couples therapy to get through some issues. They were both blown away by how well this worked for them. They thought about how fortunate they were, though, to be able to afford therapy and take time out of their busy schedules for it. For more information, be sure to follow Oren Frank on social media including his Twitter page.
Realizing not everyone is so lucky, they decided to create a business that would make getting mental health therapy accessible and affordable for everyone that wanted it. This resulted in Talkspace, an app that people can use to easily and affordably develop a relationship with a licensed therapist to help them through whatever issues they face.
Recognizing how important mental health is, Oren Frank takes it seriously about how Talkspace helps people. He had a family member and a close friend die by suicide himself. The entire Talkspace family was affected when one of their prominent models, Marija Ćurčić, committed suicide. She had been featured in some of Talkspace’s marketing materials so news of her death was a difficult thing to process.
Oren Frank says that providing a way for people to access mental health services has become his life’s work. He hopes that anyone that needs a therapist will avail themselves of one whether it is through Talkspace or any other avenue they think could help them best.