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Selena Gomez Launches ‘Mental Health 101’ Campaign, Wants Schools To Provide Mental Health Services To Students

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On Thursday, Selena Gomez took to her Instagram page to reveal a new project she’s working on. And while Selena has been busy working on her Spanish-language album and makeup brand this year, this project is a little bit different. This project will be focused on a cause near and dear to Selena Gomez’s heart: mental health.

Along with Rare Beauty, Selena Gomez is launching a mental health initiative in Mental Health Awareness month to get more schools to provide mental health services to their students.

The initiative is called Mental Health 101. The campaign is meant to spark conversation with the question: What if mental health education was taught in school?”

Gomez posted a powerful short essay to her Instagram feed about how important mental health services have been to her. It read:

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 acknowledged that, not just in words but through our actions.

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.

Gomez asked her followers to join her mental health initiative by doing three things: signing her change.org petition, donating to the Rare Impact fund, and spreading her message via social media.

Gomez’s Rare Impact fund has the goal of raising $100 million over the next 10 years to help connect people in underserved communities with mental health care. The fund will also be matching donations up to $200,000. You can donate here.

On the change.org petition, Selena Gomez wrote that it is “absolutely essential to offer mental health services in schools, and for the philanthropy community to prioritize this issue.”

The goal of Gomez’s change.org petition is to raise awareness amongst the philanthropy community about how important this issue is for you people.

She also wasn’t afraid to get candid. “Mental Health is personal for me,” she wrote. “Figuring out how to manage my own mental health hasn’t always been easy, but it’s something I am constantly working on. I hope I can help others work on it, too. I wish more people talked about mental health when I was younger, so I could have learned and understood what was going on with my own health earlier on.”

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Harry Shum Jr. And Zoe Saldana Share Their Personal Mental Health Journeys In the ‘Getting Better Together’ Campaign

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Harry Shum Jr. And Zoe Saldana Share Their Personal Mental Health Journeys In the ‘Getting Better Together’ Campaign

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Mental Health Awareness Month is going on right now and this year, Americans are struggling more than ever. The pandemic has forced us all into our homes, shutting us off from our communities and our support systems. For people who already struggle with mental health issues like depression and anxiety, the isolation of the pandemic simply exacerbated our problems. For children, the problem is even worse.

The Child Mind Institute launched its yearly campaign for mental health awareness. This time, the campaign is called “Getting Better Together”. The campaign is meant to give support, encouragement and connection to kids struggling during this unprecedented time.

Celebrities like Zoe Saldana, Harry Shum Jr., Diego Boneta and Jordana Brewster, and many more, will be sharing personal videos of their mental health journeys for the “Getting Better Together” campaign.

Recently, Costa Rican-American actor and dancer Harry Shum Jr. shared his mental health checklist for dealing with anxiety and depression.

“You’re not alone if you’re feeling anxious, dealing with anxiety or depression, because I’ve felt that way, not just this past year, but all my life,” he started the video. “Over time, you just find things that will help you through those times.” He then shared what helps him stay in good mental shape.

“My checklists are very, very simple things,” he said. “Are you getting enough sleep? Two is, are you eating the right things that are helping repair your body that are giving you nutrition? And if you’re not, then you might want to take a look at that.”

“And then three, what I love to do, I love to dance and sing and exercise, and sometimes just lifting weights and sometimes just dancing and acting like a goofball by myself in the room, and sometimes doing it with other people if it’s safe to do. And other times it’s really just about having a good conversation with someone that will listen and that you’ll do the same for them.”

Harry Shum Jr.’s advice is both incredibly helpful and spot-on. Mental health experts agree that sleep, a healthy diet, exercise, and talking about your feelings as excellent methods of dealing with mental health issues.

Dominicana actress and sci-fi queen Zoë Saldaña also revealed her personal mental health journey in her Getting Better Together video.

“Growing up with ADHD and dyslexia meant school was challenging,” Saldaña said. “I can’t imagine how hard a year like we’ve just had would be for kids who face the same classroom struggles that I did. Adjusting to remote learning, trying to stay focused on a screen hour after hour.”

She continued: “I know some of you may need more help. And it’s really brave and empowering when you ask for it. From a teacher, from a coach, and from your family. I remember when I reached out for help and it was such a relief.”

According to the Child Mind Institute, 1 in 5 young Americans struggle with a mental health or learning disorder. Additionally, they also estimate that today, 5 in 5 young Americans are feeling increased anxiety, fear, and uncertainty because of the pandemic. Now, more than ever, we need to open a dialogue with younger people about mental health. Let them know they’re not alone.

Learn more about the Getting Better Together campaign at www.childmind.org or follow them on their social media channels.

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Eva Mendes Shared An Instagram Post About Age and Insecurity and Her Fans Were Here For It

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Eva Mendes Shared An Instagram Post About Age and Insecurity and Her Fans Were Here For It

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For anyone with eyes, Cuban-American actress Eva Mendes looks like one of the most beautiful women in the world. After all, she built her career on playing bombshells, seductresses, and love interests. But even a sex symbol like Eva Mendes struggles with body image and insecurity.

Last week, Eva Mendes took to Instagram to share a powerful message about insecurity, body image, and how your thoughts about yourself change over time.

Mendes posted a picture of her face, albeit 20 years younger, with the caption: “Just came across this picture from a movie that was almost 20 years ago. I remember seeing this photo back then and thinking my face looked “weird “ and that my bone structure was odd …yadda yadda ..you know all those insecurities that a 26 year old can have.”

She continued: “Meanwhile 20 years later and now I wish I still had that ‘weird’ face and odd ‘bone structure.’ Why’s my point? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s if you hate a photo of yourself wait 20 years then you’ll love it.” She concluded the caption with a quote from the famous Oscar Wilde: “Youth is wasted on the young.”

Mendes’s fans, young and old, took to her comments section to express their gratitude at her transparency.

“Feel the same way all the time!” wrote one Instagram user. Another wrote: “That’s literally what I’m going through now as I am 25 years old. Thank you for sharing this. [heart emoji]”.

Mendes’s post is a perfect illustration of how negative thoughts, insecurity and self-consciousness affect everyone–including beautiful celebrities. Not to mention, her post perfectly coincides with Mental Health Awareness month, a time when the entire nation bands together to bring awareness to mental health issues which affect millions of Americans.

Later in the comments, Mendes explained that she doesn’t want to be young again, she just wishes she had had the wisdom she has now when she was younger.

In response to a friend who wrote, “The growth and wisdom chica…I can fully relate!”, Mendes wrote, “Verdad?! And it’s not like I want to be young again, it’s just like I didn’t realize certain things at the time! And as young chicas we can be so hard in ourselves.” She finished that comment with “Besitos reina.”

After one commenter wrote, “Oh to be in your 20s and have the wisdom of your 40s! If only,” Mendes responded. “And yes, agreed,” she said. “That’s why I love this quote so much! But let’s think of it this way…we’re in our 40’s and it can feel daunting but think when we’re 60 and we look back to today we’ll think ‘we were babies in our 40’s!'”. She qualified, “Ok maybe not babies but still young is what I mean. It’s all relative”.

We love hearing Eva Mendes publicly share her thoughts and life, beauty, and aging. We hope she continues to be so transparent on social media!

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