Ariana Grande is giving away $1m of free therapy to help people who can’t afford it

Ariana Grande

On Tuesday, pop singer Ariana Grande announced that she is donating $1 million to Betterhelp to provide free therapy to people who can’t afford it.

In an Instagram post, the singer said that people who don’t come from a privileged background have a right to see a therapist. “While acknowledging that therapy should not be for a privileged few but something everyone has access to,” Grande said.

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Grande said she wants people to know that it’s OK to reach out for help. “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!”

The singer’s announcement comes amid rising rates of unmet mental health needs. For many Americans, therapy is prohibitively expensive.

Grande acknowledged that her donation wouldn’t fix long-term issues, but she said she hopes it could act as the start to a self-healing journey for some people. “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!” Grande said.