Venus Williams Portrays Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles Examples as She Joins Mental Health Campaign

Published 08/28/2021, 7:46 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 31: Venus Williams of the United States celebrates victory in her match against Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands during day one of the WTA 500 Yarra Valley Classic at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)


Venus Williams has joined hands with BetterHelp and WTA in order to serve the community. She has partnered with the organization to provide mental health services to people in need. Venus spoke about her role at length on ESPN with interviewer Hannah Storm.

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In the recent wake of events, mental health has become a subject of utmost priority. With Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka coming forward to talk about their mental health, many others have joined in to help the community.

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Venus Williams speaks up on mental health issues and her contribution towards helping others

Venus Williams is a seven-time singles Grand Slam winner and a 14-time doubles winner. She knows better than anyone else how much a sport can exert pressure on an athlete. Venus will help in providing around $2 million towards mental health therapy in collaboration with BetterHelp and WTA. This initiative will help in funding free therapy for a month through BetterHelp.

I am super excited to actually partner with BetterHelp who is offering $2 million in free therapy and the WTA is also partnering this. WTA has been committed to mental health as a constant part of my career,” said Venus.

Venus Williams of Unitesd States celebrates during his Women’s Singles match against Jennifer Brady of United States on day two of the WTA 1000 – Mutua Madrid Open 2021 at La Caja Magica on April 30, 2021 in Madrid, Spain (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Right now actually if you go to BetterHelp.com/Venus and start speaking with license accredited and board-certified therapists who are completely free. And I am super passionate about this because I have been, I have had access to this throughout my whole career through the WTA, which is a little-known fact that they provide dedicated mental health staff for all the players,” said Venus.

How 2021 impacted the people going through mental health issues

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The year 2021 is the year where everyone stood in solidarity with people going through mental health issues. Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka were some major entities to cite their problems. This expression came with being targeted by the media which opened the floodgates to a whole new conversation. However, a number of personalities spoke up in support of these athletes.


I think we saw, what this last year has done to everyone. It has really impacted people on all levels, especially mentally. And I wanted to empower people with the practical tools that can make a real difference in their lives,” said Venus.

This year has been difficult and people like Venus Williams are doing their best to bring about a change. Their efforts shall not go in vain and that is something the entire community has to work towards. People need to push each other in seeking help when needed.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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