Ariana Grande is planning to give away $1 million worth of free therapy to her fans who can’t afford it.
The Grammy-winning pop superstar partnered with Better Help, an online portal providing direct mental health support, to match those interested with a licensed therapist for one free month, which anyone can sign up for at BetterHelp.com/Ariana. After the month is up, people will have the option to renew and continue using Better Help’s services while getting 15% off the second month.
“Thrilled to be working with @betterhelp to give away $1,000,000 of free therapy !” Grande announced on Instagram. “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!”
Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara, Taraji P. Henson and more applauded the artist’s incredible gift to others, after she celebrated her 28th birthday. For Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Grande encouraged asking for help in a set of IG slides that also provided information to mental health and substance abuse resources, ranging from postpartum support to the Veterans Crisis Line to Black Mental Health Alliance, The Trevor Project and more.
“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!” she continued in the caption of her most recent post. “Healing is not linear or easy but you are worth the effort and time, i promise! thank you so much to @betterhelp and i can’t wait to do more work together.”
In June 2018, she opened up to British Vogue about the PTSD she experienced after the May 2017 bombing at her Manchester, England, concert, which she recently remembered on its fourth anniversary, that killed 22 people and injured nearly 1,000. The “No Tears Left to Cry” singer also discussed her battle with anxiety, saying, “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.”
On Thursday (July 1), Grande thanked Better Help after the organization revealed that they had donated more than three times her pledge in therapy through the collaboration. “Together w/ @arianagrande we have donated over $3 million in therapy. We’re thrilled to see so many of you taking this step in your mental health journey,” Better Help revealed in a tweet.
See Grande’s announcement below.
Together w/ @arianagrande we have donated over $3 million in therapy. We're thrilled to see so many of you taking this step in your mental health journey. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for a free month, you can still get 15% off your first month at https://t.co/w6aufr5FBg pic.twitter.com/Rqc2XTTB41
— BetterHelp (@betterhelp) July 1, 2021