Pop star and actor Selena Gomez She has made no secret of her personal mental health struggles – they have made her an outspoken advocate for awareness and providing other young people with the help they need.
Gomez said earlier this year at a White House roundtable with the first lady Jill Biden and General Surgeon in the United States Vivek Murthy. In 2016, Gomez took a break to deal with the anxiety, panic attacks, and depression caused by her battle with lupus. Four years later, she revealed that she had bipolar disorder.
The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation on Monday honored the 30-year-old artist with a Morton E.
Mental health affects all of us, and we all have a role to play in ensuring that everyone – regardless of their background – has access to mental health services. I hope by sharing my own story and using my platform, we can empower each other and more young people to tackle mental health,” Gomez said in a statement.
Texas-born Gomez said she strives to use her status as a public figure to share her story in a way that empowers others.
A new documentary exploring her struggles, “Selena Gomez: My Brain and Me,” premiered earlier this month on AppleTV+.
“Mental health is a personal matter to me. Discovering how to manage my mental health has not always been easy, but it is something I am constantly working on, and I hope to be able to help others work on it as well.”
In 2020, the “Wizards of Waverly Place” actress started the Rare Impact Fund shortly before launching the Rare Beauty line of cosmetics, pledging to donate 1% of total sales to the fund to help expand mental health services and education for young people.
To date, the fund has distributed $1.7 million to nearly a dozen and a half mental health organizations.
“Selena Gomez powerfully embodies our foundation’s mental health mission — a mission that continues to gain even greater importance amid today’s unprecedented mental health crisis for adolescents, young adults, and the entire population,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation. .
The award, now in its ninth year, is named after Morton E. Ruderman, founder of the Ruderman Family Foundation. Past winners have included NBA All-Star Kevin Love and Academy Award-nominated actor Taraji P. Henson, filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farley, Olympian Michael Phelps, Academy Award-winning actress Marley Matlin and former U.S. senator and law architect for Americans with Disabilities Tom Harkin.