“You are worth the effort and time,” Grande assures her fans who can’t afford to seek help.
Through a heartfelt post on Instagram on Wednesday, Grammy-winning superstar Ariana Grande announced that she would be giving away $1M worth of free therapy to fans who can’t afford it. Her project is made possible with a partnership with Better Help, an online portal that provides access to mental health services.
In her post, Grande acknowledged that therapy “should not be for a privileged few” and “doesn’t fix the issue [of unequal access] in the long run,” but she remains hopeful that her initiative at least inspires fans 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.”
She also explains that her contribution allows fans to be matched with a licensed therapist for one free month, after which they will have the choice to renew and continue.
“I so hope that this will be a helpful starting point and that you’ll be able to build space for this in your lives and continue! healing is not linear or easy but you are worth the effort and time, I promise!” the pop icon declared.
The amazing news comes just a couple of days after she celebrated her 28th birthday. Fellow celebrities then proceeded to praise her for the enormous assistance, with actress Taraji Henson as well as fellow music icons Alessia Cara and Demi Lovato both pouring their love in the comments section.
Last May, Grande also took to social media to manifest her support for Mental Health Awareness Month. She encouraged her followers to seek help by posting a series of Instagram stories showing information to mental health and substance abuse resources.
In the same month, the “god is a woman” singer also commemorated the fourth anniversary of the tragic bombing at her Manchester concert back in May 2017. She paid her tribute to the victims of the tragedy that killed 22 people and injured nearly a thousand.
“Although grief is ever-present and our relationship to it is constantly evolving and expressing itself in different ways every day, year round,” Grande captioned one of her Instagram slides.
It was back in June 2018 when she bared the details of her battle with anxiety to British Vogue, in which she said: “”I’ve always had anxiety. I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it’s ever been.”
If you want to take advantage of Grande’s initiative, go to the Ariana Grande x Better Help’s official page and click “Get Started” to build your profile and get linked to licensed therapist.