13 Selena Gomez Quotes That Will Change How You View Mental Health


Because we all need to open up the dialogue.

Selena Gomez has been very open about her battles. Battles heartbreak, with lupus, with mental health— from which she's had to stop tour early to receive treatment. “Tours are a really lonely place for me,” she told Vogue. “My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it—which, I think, was a complete distortion."

But despite her struggles, her openness and vulnerability have made her not only relatable but inspirational to so many young girls. She doesn't pretend to be doing OK when she's not and, by discussing it frankly, she has contributed to some of the destigmatization of mental health. Don't get me wrong, there's still a long way to go on that front. But by putting herself and her struggles out in the limelight, for her tens of millions of fans to see, it's a step toward thinking about mental health, strength, and success in a different light. And like I said, we need so much more of that. Take a look at these Selena Gomez quotes that will show a teen pop sensation in a whole new light.

"We are survivors of the wild."

"If you are able to look at yourself in the mirror every day with the decisions that you make, that's where power starts."

"Everything happens for a reason, learn to grow from every single moment."

"What makes you different is what makes you beautiful."

"But if you're broken, you don't have to stay broken."

"Don't be afraid of what people are going to stay, because you're never going to make everyone happy."

"I want girls to know that there's an option of standing up for yourself."

"What you think about yourself is much more important than what others think of you."

"I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down. But I kept it too much together to where I let myself down."

"Kill 'em with kindness."

"Always be yourself, there's no one better!"

"I admit it's been painful, but I"ll be honest I'm grateful."

"People are put into your life for seasons, for different reasons, and to teach you lessons."

"Girl power is almost more powerful and more special than anything else we're competing for."

It's an important reminder that mental health problems can affect everyone— even the rich and famous. And that money won't buy you happiness— it just can't, it has to come from the inside, from somewhere deeper and more visceral. But more than any of that, it shows you that it's OK to talk about it. That there should be no shame in your struggles, that you can and should seek help and support when you need it. In part because nobody who loves you would want to see you in pain, but also because it may encourage other people who are suffering to get help too. And that's the most important thing. Because the more we talk about it, the more that we see it in the world and people around us, the quicker we can start getting people help. If a teen pop icon can do it and take the criticism of the whole damn internet then the rest of us should be able to step up to the plate and start to change our minds about how look and talk about mental illness. Because there are too many people suffering to keep quiet. It's time to open up the dialogue and work toward making a change. People with money and fame have the luxury of being heard and being able to afford help, but we need to change the system so that everyone else can get those benefits too.

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