Finalist category: Inclusive Health Award
Finalist, Inclusive Health Award, 2023
TalkLife is an online peer support community for people to talk about their mental health. They passionately believe that nobody should struggle alone and currently support millions of people around the world.
“We started TalkLife in 2013 with the aim of making sure that no one need battle with their mental health alone. It’s not easy to reach out for help when you’re struggling and long waiting times, high costs and stigma make it harder still. We wanted to create a place for people to instantly see that they weren’t alone and connect with other like-minded people across the globe who could help them through both the ups and downs of life.”
TalkLife have a universal reach, including those who might struggle to access traditional mental health support because of stigma, cost, or availability. They provide a place to share their mental health struggles to often neglected demographics who don’t know where to go. In fact, nearly a third of users said that the TalkLife community was the only place they were able to go to get mental health support in their recent impact survey.
“I feel safe here, I can speak to people who don’t know me and be real about how I feel. I was really glad I was able to gain a lot of support throughout the past few turbulent months and I’m happy to say that I got my diploma.” – James