Selena Gomez admits the journey to figuring out how to manage her mental health hasn’t been easy, but says she’s finally in a good place.
“My highs were really high, and my lows would take me out for weeks at a time. I found out I do suffer from mental health issues. And, honestly, that was such a relief. I realized that there was a way to get help and to find people that you trust,” Gomez, 27, told WSJ Magazine. “I got on the right medication, and my life has been completely changed.”
Gomez is getting ready to release her first studio album in four years on Friday. The album, called “Rare,” is earning rave reviews from critics and is being called a “danceable lesson in self-love and acceptance.”
Selena Gomez Mental Health Experience
“I feel like I was supposed to go through everything I’ve gone through,” Gomez said. “I had low self-esteem, and that’s something I work on continuously. But I feel so empowered because I’ve gained so much knowledge about what was going on mentally.”
Gomez, who got her start on “Barney,” as a child, has grown up in the spotlight. She opened up about her struggles with depression and anxiety in a speech last year, with the hope that her experience would encourage other people to seek help.
Selena has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. “I live with bipolar disorder, and I no longer have it,” Selena says in Wondermind’s welcome video. “And I’m really happy and proud of the progress I’ve made.
The platform, called Wondermind, will be an online space that fosters community around mental health and provides tools and resources for those hoping to strengthen their “mental fitness,” with “no judgment, just progress.”
“To us, mental fitness means creating a routine; working through your feelings to better understand your mind,” the Wondermind site reads. “It means committing to a daily practice, even when you feel out of your comfort zone (which shows it’s working!).”
Wondermind is a collaboration between Selena, her mother Mandy Teefey, and founder and CEO of The Newsette, Daniella Pierson. All three women have experienced mental health struggles, and recognized a digital void — there was no media platform that supported or encouraged people as they worked through their mental wellbeing.
Selena Gomez mental health tattoo
Selena, who’s been open about her own mental health battle, joined Alisha and Tommy in getting matching semicolon tattoos as part of Project Semicolon, a mental health movement to empower people who suffer from depression or show solidarity with those who have battled the disease.
The timing of the trio’s tattoos comes shortly after the death of Amy Bleuel, the founder of Project Semicolon. Amy was open about her own 20-year struggle with mental illness, and started Project Semicolon to honor her father, who she lost to suicide, according to the Project Semicolon website.
“The semicolon was chosen because in literature a semicolon is used when an author chooses to not end a sentence,” Amy told People in July 2015. “You are the author and the sentence is your life. You are choosing to continue.”