Venus Williams speaks about the importance of therapy and good mental health
Venus Williams has emphasized the importance of therapy as she believes it is good to start working with therapists before facing certain problems in life. “It’s important to get into therapy even before you have anything to discuss in detail, to work your way through and prepare for whatever might come up in your life,” Williams told PEOPLE magazine.
Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, reveals her mother Oracene Price always told her that working on her mental toughness could be key. “You don’t always have to wait until you have problems,” Williams added.
“My mother always told us that – you have to work on your mental toughness. That was her theory, raising kids you also have to help them be mentally ready and prepared.” Williams and fellow American players Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe have teamed up with online counseling service BetterHelp to offer free mental health therapy worth $100,000 to provide up to $3 million.
Williams, who understands the importance of good mental health, is delighted to be part of such a good initiative.
Williams on providing free mental health therapy
“I’m so excited to be a part of this and literally give people opportunities to work on and improve their mental health,” Williams said.
Over the past year and a half, more and more players have spoken openly about their mental health issues. In the tennis world, Naomi Osaka was the first to open up about her story. The Osaka case inspired other athletes, not just in tennis, to open up and share their experiences.
“We’re supposed to be indestructible, invincible, super strong, almost like superheroes. But when athletes share their stories of what they’ve been through, it really helps people from all walks of life, and that’s so important,” Williams said.