Watch Selena Gomez team with the White House for 'Inaugural Mental Health Youth Action Forum'

'It is a topic that should be talked about freely, without shame'
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Selena Gomez is taking her mental health advocacy to Washington.

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Gomez hosted a forum alongside First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy as part of the inaugural Mental Health Youth Action Forum. The panel discussed mental health issues faced by young people and talked about ways to improve mental health and mental health awareness.

“Over the last decade, an alarming number of young people have struggled with mental health challenges, and the pandemic has made it so much worse: the isolation, the anxiety and, yes, the grief. They are wounds that sometimes go unseen, too often cloaked in secrecy and shame,” Biden told the crowd at the White House’s East Room.

“But young people don’t have to face these challenges alone. No one does. The darkness inside of us can feel heavy at times, but we can share the weight of it together. And we can help bring those feelings and experiences to the light.”

Gomez then took the microphone and shared her own experiences.“I heard a phrase recently that I really like: the mentionable becomes manageable,” she said.

“I felt like once I found out what was going on mentally I found there was more freedom for me to be ok with what I had because I was learning about it, and talking about your own journey helps. It is a topic that should be talked about freely, without shame.”

Gomez aims to use her platform to not only share her own story, but to collaborate with others who are as passionate about mental health advocacy as she is.  “I can help others feel less alone and find the help that they need, which is honestly all I want,” she said. “We need as much help as we can possibly get developing resources and services and increasing access to those services for young people.”

Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

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