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Venus Williams' Support System Helped Her Cope With Sjogren’s Syndrome — Now, She Hopes To Help Others Have Support With BetterHelp

When it comes to wellness, oftentimes our mental health is neglected in the overwhelming day-to-day routine. Knowing firsthand how prioritizing one’s well-being is the fuel to push forward, Venus Williams has taken action to support individuals from all walks of life in their journeys.

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 10, 2022

Tennis Star Venus Williams To Give Away $2M In Free Online Therapy Through Joint Initiative

Venus Williams has taken “better” steps to destigmatize mental health. And according to The New York Post, mental health seems to have always been a priority for the tennis great. “My parents were big proponents of mental health — not just self-care, but proactivity,” Venus Williams told the outlet. “It was about realizing that the world is a beautiful place, but it’s also a challenging place, and that you have to prepare mentally to be able to handle the pressures. I was able to succeed in places where others [didn’t] because I had that support from a young age.” Despite all of the advances made in the normalization of mental health, overall, there’s still a stigma attached to it. “While Black Americans experience a wide range of attitudes toward mental health treatment, there’s a stigma surrounding mental illness that prevents some people from getting help,” reports VeryWellMind. “It’s important to consider how the stigma—and the forces that create the stigma—may make it difficult...