Venus Williams has underlined the importance of therapy as she thinks it's good to start working with therapist even before you face certain issues in life. “It's important to engage in therapy even before you might have something exactly to talk about, to work through and prepare yourself for anything that might come up in your life,” Williams told PEOPLE magazine.
Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, reveals her mother Oracene Price used to tell her that working on her mental strength could be the key. “You don't always have to wait until you have issues,” Williams added.
“My mom always told us that — you have to work on your mental strength. That was her theory of raising kids, you also have to help them mentally be ready and prepared.” Williams and fellow American players Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe joined forces with the online counseling service BetterHelp to provide for up to $3 million worth of free mental health therapy.
Williams, who knows the importance of good mental health, is happy to be a part of such a good initiative.
Williams on helping provide for free mental health therapy
“I'm so excited to be a part of that and to literally give away opportunities for people to work on and improve their mental health,” Williams said.
Over the last year and a half, more players are openly discussing their issues with mental health. In the tennis world, Naomi Osaka was the first to open up about her story. The Osaka case inspired other athletes, not just from tennis, to open up and share their experiences.
“We're supposed to be indestructible, undefeatable, super strength, almost like superheroes. But for athletes to share their stories of what they've gone through really helps people from all walks of life, and that's so important,” Williams said.