Selena Gomez was recently honoured with the ‘2019 McLean Award for Mental Heath Advocacy.’  The event was held inside McLean Hospital in Massachusetts and during her acceptance speech, Selena opened up about her struggles with mental illness and anxiety.

 

 

Selena begins, “I think that we are better when we tell the truth, and so this is my truth.  Last year, I was suffering mentally and emotionally, and I wasn’t able to stay all kept up and together. I wasn’t able to hold a smile or to keep things looking normal.  It felt like all of my pain and my anxiety washed over me all at once, and it was one of the scariest moments of my life.”

 

Selena continues, “I sought support and the doctors were able to give me a clear diagnosis.  The moment I received that information, I actually felt equal parts of terrified and relieved.  Terrified, obviously, because the veil was lifted, but relieved that I finally had the knowledge of why I had suffered for so many years with depression and anxiety.  I’ve never had full answers, awareness, or anything about this condition.  So I began to face it head-on, as my mother taught me to face my fears and challenges when I was younger. I sought out help. I actually sought out to get the help that I needed.  I got educated.  I talked to a lot of people who were suffering from the same things.  I read a lot about it, and it was something that kind of took over and I became very passionate about it”

 

 

And lastly, “I’ve met with some of the greatest doctors, and I’ve met with specialists, and i’m just fortunate enough to be able to work with some of the greatest doctors and psychiatrists and amazing people to help guide me personally through my journey.  Although this does not mean that it has all gone away, I can say that after a year of a lot of intense work that I am happier, I am healthier, and I’m in control of my emotions and thoughts more than I’ve ever been before, so I’m very happy about that.”

Watch Selena as she bravely delivers her powerful speech below.

 

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