Venus Williams, BetterHelp and the WTA announced a program to provide $2 million of free therapy to the public.
Mental health became a popular topic in tennis after four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka opened up about her mental health struggles at this year’s French Open.
Before the French Open, Osaka announced she would not be doing press conferences.
Following her first round win at the French Open, Osaka pulled out of the rest of the tournament after receiving criticism and dealing with pressure.
Back then, Osaka revealed she has been battling depression and anxiety for years.
“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 said. “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.”
BetterHelp thrilled to partner with Venus and the WTA
“We’re thrilled to partner with Venus and the WTA to bring greater awareness and access to therapy,” BetterHelp President Alon Matas said. “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.”
Meanwhile, the WTA is also “very pleased” to partner up with BetterHelp.
“We’re very pleased to team up with BetterHelp to further the conversation around mental health and encourage ways to engage with resources,” Micky Lawler, WTA President, said. “With more than 25 years of experience invested in research, data, and direct dialogue with our athletes, mental health and wellness is paramount for optimal performance and sustainability.”