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By: Brittney Mcnamara
TL;DR Pop star Ariana Grande is aiding the public in giving away $2 million in free therapy. Thank You, Ariana!
Mental health is a topic that we should constantly and casually be talking about. This week Ariana Grande announced she would be giving away $2 million to help bring free therapy to the general population. The pop singer partnered with the digital therapy app, BetterHelp, to help raise awareness and give people access to these resources that should be readily available to the public. The donation will enable users across the platform to receive one month of free therapy!
Ariana is a mental health advocate herself, having gone through some dramatic events over the past couple of years. She encourages people struggling to “dip a toe in, to feel okay asking for help, and to rid your minds of any self-judgment hopefully.” One in five adults experiences some mental illness; however, only 45% will seek treatment each year. Not only is the cost of therapy a hindrance, but the social stigma behind it also prohibits people from reaching out and seeking the professional help they need. The celebrity is taking a significant step in the right direction. Her hefty donation will lower the barrier of entry enough for someone to start a long therapy journey or even provide relief for someone in need.
Ariana’s $2 million in donations will most certainly make a difference in mental health. Here at Engage Youth, this topic is critical to GenZ and all generations. What is your take on therapy? Let us know in the comments below.
Written by: Naia Mader, Intern
Edited by: Lisa Knight, COO & Mentor