May is Mental Health Awareness Month — what better time to check in with yourself and consider things you can do to prioritize your mental health?

If you’ve been contemplating therapy, Talkspace is making it easier to get started. Accessing therapy via text is at the heart of Talkspace’s mission to make high-quality mental health care accessible for all. Talkspace is currently offering $100 off your first month with code MHAM to help you take that first step.

Everyone has different needs when it comes to therapy, which is why Talkspace offers a variety of modes for patients to connect with their thousands of licensed therapists across all 50 states. Whether via text, voice or video, you can get care on your own terms. You don’t need to be in-person to receive quality care. Actually, according to a study published in Telemedicine and e-Health, Talkspace found that 80% of patients reported text-only therapy to be as effective or more effective than traditional talk therapy. That’s great news for mental health care accessibility, and for folks with more limited time and resources. (Or those who just prefer the convenience of texting!)

Unsurprisingly, 98% of respondents in a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found Talkspace to be more convenient than traditional therapy. Removing the commute aspect brings people one step closer to mental health care.

We know that it’s quality, effective care, but what does Talkspace therapy look like? First, you’ll answer some questions in a brief assessment, then pick your health care provider from a list of recommendations you can trust. You can start chatting with your licensed therapist via your choice of text, video or voice. Your therapy could also involve self-care like taking breaks and walks to avoid burnout, using PTO days and creating other strategies to keep yourself centered and feeling good.

“My favorite part of my day is when I get a notification from Talkspace informing me that my therapist has sent me a message,” one patient writes of her experience. The convenience of therapy right on your phone is a huge benefit to many. As we’ve discovered about many things during the pandemic, there’s no more need for a commute. “I absolutely love @talkspace,” posts another user. “Being able to talk to your therapist instantly at a [moment’s] notice is wonderful.”

Talkspace offers therapy for everyone; individuals, couples, teens. It offers medication management, and there are also specialists for veterans and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Whatever issues you may need help with, give yourself grace and grant yourself permission to prioritize your mental health. Doing so will ultimately make you a better partner, friend, co-worker and parent.

Take advantage of Talkspace’s $100 off promo with code MHAM, and check out whether text-based therapy is a good fit for your lifestyle.