Ariana Grande is helping her fans face their mental health struggles by giving away $1M for accessible assistance.
The “Thank U, Next” hitmaker is taking an important step towards removing the stigma around seeking help for mental health struggles. Joining hands with Better Help, Grande has announced she will give away $1 million worth of therapy to her fans. Better Help is a mental health organization that pairs people seeking therapy with a licensed therapist.
Writing on Instagram Ariana Grande announced : “While acknowledging that therapy should not be for a privileged few but something everyone has access to, and acknowledging that this doesn’t fix that issue in the long run, i really wanted to do this anyway in hopes of inspiring you to dip a toe in, to feel okay asking for help, and to hopefully rid your minds of any sort of self judgement in doing so!”
Adding, “she hoped it would be a “helpful starting point” that would allow fans to “build space for this in your lives and continue.”
Those who sign up for the offer will receive one month of therapy for free and can renew their offer through Better Help with a 15% discount for the second month.
Ariana Grande has always been vocal about advocating for mental health causes. In May, the singer posted a mental health-related infographic to raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness Month. The post consisted key mental health crisis hotlines and treatment centers across the country.
In the post, Ariana stressed her goal of “ending the stigma around mental health and normalizing asking for help.” And now, the singer seems to be taking another important step in the direction.
“Healing isn’t linear, fun, quick or at all easy but we are here and we’ve got to commit to making this time as healthy, peaceful and beautiful as possible. the work is so hard but we are capable and worth it. sending so much love and strength,” Ariana expressed.
While Ariana aims to raise awareness around mental health, she has also been vocal of her own mental health struggles. Grande has previously written about how she found therapy in combatting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Following the 2017 Manchester Arena suicide bombing at her concert, which left 23 people dead, Ariana had to seek help.
In 2018, she wrote, “Therapy has saved my life so many times. If you’re afraid to ask for help, don’t be. You don’t have to be in constant pain and you can process trauma. I’ve got a lot of work to do but it’s a start to even be aware that it’s possible.”
Ariana even penned down her struggles with anxiety in her song “Breathin” from her 2018 album “Sweetener.”