The singer, who has already spoken openly in interviews about suffering from anxiety and depression, was present at the panel promoted by MTV, alongside the first lady of the USA, Jill Biden (in the featured photo) and other guests, and explained how much understanding the subject helped her in her personal battle. “Just to tell you a little bit about my journey, I felt that once I understood 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,” she said. “Bringing attention to mental health through the media or just talking about your journeys can help.”
“It sets an example that it is a topic that can and should be discussed freely and without shame,” continued Selena.
The artist then highlighted the importance of talking about her own journey using her social media, taking the topic to her millions of followers. “Mental health is very personal to me, and I hope that using my platform, I will share my own story and work with amazing people like all of you,” she added. “I can help others feel less alone and find the help they need, which honestly is all I want.”
“When it comes to talking about and ‘de-stigmatizing’ mental health, I want to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, has access to services that support their mental health,” explained Selena.
The singer also spoke about how her beauty brand, Rare Beauty, supports organizations that work and expand access to mental health services for the population, especially young people, by donating a percentage of their sales to these initiatives. Selena took the moment to challenge other brands to join the cause. “We need all the help we can get to develop resources and services and increase access to these services for young people,” she said.