Selena Gomez talked about “destigmatizing” mental health as she dished on her own struggles at the Mental Health Youth Action Forum at the White House on May 18.
The Only Murders in the Building actor began her speech with her own journey of struggling with mental health issues at the forum which brought together young leaders who are working on creative ways to support mental health in America.
Gomez said, “Just to throw in a little bit of my journey, I felt like once I found out what was going on mentally, I found that there was more freedom for me to be okay with what I had, because I was learning about it.”
“Bringing attention to mental health through media or just by talking about your journeys can help,” the actor added. “It sets the example that it’s a topic that can and should be discussed freely and without shame.”
She continued: “Mental health is very personal for me, and I hope that by using my platform to share my own story and working with incredible people like all of you,” she said. “I can help others feel less alone and find the help they need, which is honestly all I want.”
“When it comes to talking about and destigmatizing mental health, I want to ensure that everyone, no matter their age, their race, religion, sexual orientation, have access to services that support their mental health,” she further stated at the event.
Gomez was joined by First Lady Jill Biden, Ambassador Susan Rice, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy along with 30 youth mental health activists at the event. She also talked about her beauty brand Rare Beauty and how it helps in advocating mental health.
“My brand Rare Beauty and the Rare Impact Fund supports organizations that expand access to mental health services and education for young people and we partner with mental health experts and non-profits throughout the year to share free educational resources,” she pointed out.