Selena Gomez Honored by Ruderman Family Foundation for Mental Health Advocacy Work
Selena Gomez has been recognized and honored for her advocacy of mental health.
Gomez was selected by the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation — which aims to expand access to essential mental health programs and services — as the recipient of its 2022 Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. Gomez was recognized for her “dedication and commitment to raising mental health awareness, and expanding access to mental healthcare services and education for young people all over the world.”
Gomez stated that he was honored to receive the Morton E. Ruderman Award for Inclusion this year. “Mental health affects all of us and we each have a part to play in ensuring that everyone has access to mental healthcare services, regardless of their background. I hope that by sharing my story and using my platform, it will empower others and more young people to address their mental health.
“We know that stigmatization of mental health has caused silence around the topic. She stated that she wanted to change that, especially for young people. “I’ve been open about my journey with my mental health and it hasn’t always been easy but it’s something that I’m always working on .”
Jay Ruderman, President, Ruderman Family Foundation, stated that Selena Gomez has drawn inspiration from her own personal journey and worked tirelessly to increase access to essential mental health resources and programs. “Selena, drawing inspiration from her own journey, has spoken out on behalf of many people who have suffered mental health challenges. She also tirelessly works to increase access to essential mental health resources and programs .
Gomez’s honor follows the recent release of her Apple TV documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me. The documentary, directed and produced by Alek Keshishian chronicles Gomez’s mental health journey, which Gomez has shared with us over the years. In 2014, Gomez entered a facility for mental health treatment after being diagnosed with lupus, then she later revealed in 2020 that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Gomez also had a kidney transplant in 2017 because of complications and side effects related to her lupus.
Gomez’s business ventures have been linked to charitable donations to raise awareness about mental health. Her HBO Max cooking show Selena Chef raises money for nonprofit organizations, while her Rare Beauty brand includes the Rare Impact Fund, which aims to raise $100 million for mental health services during the next 10 years — thus far, the Fund has distributed $1.7 million in grants to 17 mental health organizations. Wondermind, a platform for mental health, was also created by her.
Previous recipients of the Morton E. Ruderman Award for mental health advocacy include five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love, Academy Award-nominated actor Taraji P. Henson, decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, and five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love.
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