Venus Williams is helping provide $2 million in free therapy through BetterHelp


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We’ve had a greater awareness of mental health recently as so many of us have been isolated and unable to connect with friends and family. Athletes like Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles have been open and honest about how their mental health affects their performance. Now Venus Williams is helping provide $2 million in free therapy through BetterHelp, an app that provides a therapist to text at any time along with virtual visits. This initiative is also in collaboration with the WTA. (BetterHelp should not be confused with BetterUp, the mental health/personal development app that Prince Harry is the CIO of.) Below are a few more details from People about the collaboration:

“The challenge of taking care of our mental health through the ups and downs of life is something that all of us, no matter our background, can relate to,” Williams, 41, said in a statement.

“Now more than ever, we need to create an accepting and open environment to seek professional mental health therapy, which is why I am so excited to partner with BetterHelp and the WTA to provide access to free therapy and help raise awareness,” the athlete added.

There has been an increased focus on mental health in the world of tennis. Recently, Naomi Osaka began speaking publicly about her struggles with depression.

According to the WTA Tour, the first $1 million for the program is available now while the second $1 million will be “covered by BetterHelp for each ace hit by WTA players for the remainder of the 2021 WTA Tour season.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with Venus and the WTA to bring greater awareness and access to therapy,” BetterHelp President Alon Matas said in a statement. “Especially today, it’s important that we take care of our mental well-being, and therapy provides the space and time to do just that. We’re incredibly excited to support the WTA’s like-minded goals and partner with Venus to continue making therapy more accessible.”

[From People]

In the wake of so many athletes and high profile people speaking up about their mental health journeys, I feel that conversations around mental health fitness are no longer taboo. Mental health apps can help people who are new to therapy along with those who want a more convenient, less intimidating way to work with a professional. I like the fact that the WTA has also gotten on board with this initiative especially after the hell Naomi Osaka went through earlier this summer. The Williams sisters have been trendsetters and leaders so Venus being signed on to this project tracks. I checked Venus’s Instagram and she has a post (below) encouraging people to claim their free month at BetterHelp. I will look out for the stats of this initiative if they are released. In the meantime, if you would like to try out the app you can also claim your free month here.

Note by Celebitchy: This is not a sponsored post. I signed up for BetterHelp a few months ago but did not like my therapist. (She was dismissive in her text messages.) They offered to switch therapists for me and when I said no I got a full refund. I sometimes see a therapist through Doctor on Demand and have found it helpful.


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