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Poor mental health is a widespread issue that countless Americans face. Now, with the fear of the pandemic, the losses many Americans have undergone, and social distancing restrictions in place for the foreseeable future, mental illness is more prevalent than ever.
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, in June 2020 more than 40% of Americans reported struggling with mental health or substance use – a number which was drastically higher than that of late June 2019. About 30% of those respondents reported symptoms of anxiety disorder or depressive disorder. In short: the pandemic is scary and coping with it is no easy task.
American women (like myself) are faced with societal pressures everyday. This can mean anything from the unhealthy obsession to be a size 2 with an hourglass figure (seriously, is that even possible?) to the expectation of us to always put on a happy face. Of course men have their own, unique challenges as well so there is no doubt that gender-specific struggles exist and need to be addressed as such. That’s exactly where companies like Hers step in.
Who is Hers?
Hers is a holistic wellness company built specifically for women, dedicated to giving us the tools we need in order to be healthy. Originally, this meant providing women with easy access to information, care, and products for hair, skin and sexual health. There’s a good chance you’ve heard of (or even tried) their hair-strengthening gummies or D2C birth control. I love that Hers offers all of this (and still does) but they also recognized that in the current climate, women needed more. Physical health was in check, but what millions of women really needed was affordable access to mental health care.
Hers has now strategically adapted and further developed their offerings in order to address the mental health epidemic that American women are facing due to the pandemic. It seems so fitting how Hers revolutionized women’s health with digital, and now aims to do the same for mental health.
Hers Mental Health review: What services do they offer?
Unlike other startups in the telemedicine space that are typically pressed to specialize in one offering, Hers tackles mental health support from several different angles. To me, this makes perfect sense. Everyone handles stress, loss, and negative feelings in different ways, meaning the support we need in order to cope varies as well. Just as every woman’s body is different, so are our minds and life experiences. And to have a company like Hers be specifically focused on women makes the process that much easier.
Addressing mental health problems is more than trying to develop a one-size-fits-all solution. Hers knows this and has built up their offerings to tailor to everyone’s unique situation:
- Online psychiatry and medication management
- Anonymous support groups
- Individual therapy
- Free resources and content.
Let’s dive into each one. 🙂
Overview: Hers Online Psychiatry
Hers online psychiatry is the easiest way to get professional help and treatment without having to leave the comfort of your home. Hers’ qualified psychiatrists will meet with you over video chat to evaluate your situation and help craft a treatment plan. Plus, they can ship any medication straight to your door with free shipping. Basically, it’s a super simple solution to getting you the help you need; something that often feels pretty daunting.
How does Hers online psychiatry work?
- Fill out the questionnaire. Hers describes this as answering some non-scary questions. This gives them a good overview of your medical history and current symptoms. It’s about 40 or so questions, but they fly by.
- Book your virtual appointment. No hunting for psychiatrists, inconvenient appointment times or even leaving the house. If you’re qualified for treatment, just pick a time slot that works for you and you’re all set.
- Connect with your matched therapis