Selena Gomez, a pop artist and actor, has never hidden her own difficulties with mental illness; as a result, she is a vocal proponent for raising awareness and getting other young people the support they need.
In an interview with Jill Biden, the first lady, and Vivek Murthy earlier this year, Gomez remarked, “I believe that by utilising my position to tell my personal story… I might help others feel less alone.” Gomez took a vacation in 2016 to deal with her lupus-related anxiety, panic attacks, and sadness. She disclosed her bipolar disorder
The 30-year-old performer was given the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion by the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation on Monday for “drawing inspiration from her personal path” to aid others all around the world gain access to therapy and other services.
“Each of us has a responsibility to ensure that everyone – regardless of background – gets access to mental health services since mental health affects all of us. I’m hoping that by leveraging my platform and sharing my own journey, we will encourage more young people to talk about mental health “In a statement, Gomez stated.
Gomez, who was born in Texas, stated that she aims to use her notoriety to share her personal experience in a way that inspires others.
“Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me,” a new documentary that examines her hardships, debuted earlier this month on AppleTV+.
It hasn’t always been simple for me to manage my mental health, but it’s something I’ve been working on consistently, and I hope I can help others work on it, too, she added.
The “Wizards of Waverly Place” performer established the Rare Impact Fund in 2020 just before introducing her Rare Beauty cosmetics line. She committed to donating 1% of all proceeds to the fund in order to support the growth of mental health services and youth education.
The fund has so far given $1.7 million to around fifteen mental health organisations.
According to Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, “Selena Gomez powerfully embodies our foundation’s mission in the mental health arena — a mission that continues to take on greater significance in light of the nation’s unprecedented mental health crisis affecting children, adolescents, and adults.
The Ruderman Family Foundation founder Morton E. Ruderman is honoured by this award, which is now in its ninth year. NBA All-Star Kevin Love, Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Olympian Michael Phelps, Oscar-winning actor Marlee Matlin, and former U.S. senator and creator of the Americans with Disabilities Act Tom Harkin are just a few examples of previous honorees.