WASHINGTON – Selena Gomez joined First Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Merty at the White House on Wednesday to discuss youth mental health.

The singer / actor was publicly about her struggle and in 2020 discovered that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Biden, Merty and Gomez had a conversation in the East Room with several young people, including a mother and a recent Rutgers College graduate, who shared how they had improved their mental outlook.

The strategies they shared ranged from visiting multiple therapists to find someone who would suit you, to using baking as a way to encourage conversation with others facing similar challenges.

“Mental health is very personal to me, and I hope that by using my platform to share my own story … I can help others feel less lonely,” Gomez said.


Biden praised the participants for the exchange.

“You need to have the courage to, you know, be honest about the struggle you’ve faced and tell your stories,” the first lady said. “And it takes courage to understand that your voice can change the situation, and show your creativity and talents, you know, to the whole world.”

Merty said open conversation will help change “hearts and minds” and help remove the stigma associated with mental health.

MTV Entertainment sponsored a talk timed to the first Mental Health Day on Thursday.

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