Victoria Azarenka: Mental health awareness is really important

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Victoria Azarenka: Mental health awareness is really important

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has underlined the importance of speaking about mental health. Azarenka acknowledged that mental health can't be underestimated as she believes that mental health is as important as is physical health.

"I think the world is changing their perception of what mental health is. We have that empathy when we see somebody who is physically hurt and you can go, 'Oh', and feel a certain emotion, emphatic emotion towards somebody," Azarenka said, per WTA Insider.

"Mental health is something that is invisible. I think it is as strong, as powerful as any physical health. Hopefully there will be a lot more tools out there how to cope with this, how to deal with this. Yeah, I mean, awareness is really, really important."

Azarenka joins Venus Williams

Williams, BetterHelp and the WTA joined forces to provide $2 million of free therapy to the public “The challenge of taking care of our mental health through the ups and downs of life is something that all of us, no matter our background, can relate to,” Williams said.

“Now more than ever, we need to create an accepting and open environment to seek professional mental health therapy, which is why I am so excited to partner with BetterHelp and the WTA to provide access to free therapy and help raise awareness”.

BetterHelp was thrilled to join forces with Williams and the WTA. “We’re thrilled to partner with Venus and the WTA to bring greater awareness and access to therapy,” BetterHelp President Alon Matas said.

“Especially today, it’s important that we take care of our mental well-being, and therapy provides the space and time to do just that. We’re incredibly excited to support the WTA’s like-minded goals and partner with Venus to continue making therapy more accessible”.

Meanwhile, Azarenka has made the Indian Wells Masters round-of-16, where she plays Aliaksandra Sasnovich next.