As one of the biggest names in pop music, it's no mystery that Ariana Grande has quite a dedicated fanbase. Most musicians impact their fans through lyrics, music videos, and fashion, but Ari just took a big step in destigmatizing mental health issues. She shared an Instagram post announcing that she's teamed up with BetterHelp, a subscription service that gives users access to online counseling and therapy services.
Ari shared that she'll be putting $1 million into the initiative while encouraging fans to seek professional help, even if it's difficult for them.
"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-judgment in doing so!" she captioned the post. "Healing is not linear or easy but you are worth the effort and time, I promise!"
Thanks to Ariana, the $1 million will cover users' first-month subscription to BetterHelp and 15% off the second month with a licensed therapist.
Over the years, Ariana has been vocal about her own mental health struggles, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder from the 2017 bombing that took place at her Dangerous Woman Tour in Manchester, England. Twenty-three lives were lost at the Manchester show.
"Mental health is so important. People don't pay enough mind to it because we've got things to do, schedules with jobs...kids and places to be, pressure to fit in on Instagram stories...whatever facade they're trying to put on," Ariana said in a 2018 interview with Apple Music Beats 1. "People are permanently affected by [anxiety]... it changes your life quite a bit."
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