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Hotels have long offered gyms to help guests stay physically fit while traveling, but what about their mental health? Remedying that omission, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has partnered with Talkspace to provide free access to online therapy sessions.
When booking a stay at one of the boutique hotel chain's 60 participating properties, guests can claim a complimentary video therapy call with Talkspace. In addition to 1,000 free sessions, Kimpton will provide all guests with a USD 100 promo code to apply to a Talkspace plan through December of 2022.
Mental health support by Talkspace isn't just for those staying the night. Kimpton is offering all of its 4,000+ US employees a free, year-long Talkspace subscription. As CEO Mike DeFrino explains: "We know that travelers are facing more stress and anxiety than ever before, and employees in the hospitality industry have been pushed to the limit during the pandemic."
According to a recent survey by the New York Times and Psychology Today, "Nine out of 10 therapists say the number of clients seeking care is on the rise, and most are experiencing a significant surge in calls for appointments, longer waiting lists and difficulty meeting patient demand."
So where does a hotel brand fit in? From perceived stigma to the hassle of getting an appointment, people still face barriers to accessing the help they need. By offering a convenient way to take the first step towards mental wellness, Kimpton is removing one of those hurdles and signaling that therapy can be part of everyday life, wherever a person may be.
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