Following her bipolar disorder diagnosis, Selena Gomez has launched a mental health initiative

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The 28-year-old singer took to Instagram to announce the launch of Mental Health 101, a campaign she has set up alongside her Rare Beauty makeup brand to help people “get connected to the resources they need” to make important changes to their mental health.

This comes after Selena revealed last year she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder after visiting McLean Hospital, one of the best mental health institutions in the United States. Although the diagnosis was scary to come to terms with, the Lose You To Love Me singer insisted gathering information on the topic helped her come to terms with the illness.

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In a note posted on Instagram, Selena says, “Today, I’m so grateful that we get to launch Mental Health 101. This campaign is so close to my heart because of my own struggles with mental health. I know first hand how scary and lonely it can feel to face anxiety and depression by yourself at a young age. If I had learned about my mental health earlier on – been taught about my condition in school the way I was taught about other subjects – my journey could have looked very different. The world needs to know that mental health matters. It’s just as important as your physical health, and I wish we could acknowledge that, not just in words but through our actions.”

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“For anyone who is hurting right now, I hope you know that you are not alone. I’m a believer in seeking help. Getting support and educating myself on mental health has changed my life, and it can change yours, too. I hope that Mental Health 101 will be the stepping stones for others that I wish I had to get connected to the resources they need and to empower young people in ways that may not have been possible before.

“I hope you’ll join me in supporting this initiative and being part of the change,” she adds.

“I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, McLean’s Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realised that I was bipolar.”

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