Selena Gomez: Reflecting on Personal Growth Post-2022 Documentary

Selena Gomez shares poignant insights on mental health journey

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Selena Gomez: Reflecting on Personal Growth Post-2022 Documentary
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Selena Gomez Opens Up About Mental Health Journey Post-'My Mind & Me' Documentary Release at SXSW Panel Renowned singer and actress Selena Gomez, 31, took center stage at the SXSW panel titled "Mindfulness Over Perfection: Getting Real On Mental Health" alongside her mother and Wondermind co-founder, Mandy Teefey.

The discussion delved into Gomez's personal journey towards self-love and mental well-being in recent years. Reflecting on the impact of her 2022 Apple TV+ documentary, 'My Mind & Me,' which provided an intimate look into her struggles with mental health, Gomez candidly addressed the transformation in her self-perception.

She expressed discomfort upon revisiting her earlier self-criticisms captured in the documentary, emphasizing its six-year span of filming.

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"I'm appalled hearing the words I once said about myself.

It's disheartening," admitted the 'Only Murders in the Building' star, underscoring her evolving mindset. Gomez stressed the importance of self-compassion, a realization that eluded her during the documentary's inception. Directed by Alek Keshishian, 'My Mind & Me' chronicled Gomez's battles with confidence, body image issues, suicidal ideation prompting tour cancellations, bipolar disorder diagnosis, and the toll of lupus amidst international stardom.

The catalyst for Gomez's journey towards authenticity came from a poignant conversation with her mother, inspired by the film 'Girl, Interrupted.' Together, they navigated the challenges of the entertainment industry and Gomez's sense of alienation within it.

Acknowledging the complexity of addressing mental health, Gomez emphasized the necessity for personal readiness. She recounted her own reluctance to heed well-meaning advice until reaching a personal nadir, emphasizing the individualized nature of such journeys.

Gomez and Teefey's commitment to destigmatizing mental health led to the establishment of Wondermind, an online platform providing support and community for those navigating similar struggles. As Gomez continues her advocacy, she urges individuals grappling with mental health challenges to seek support, offering resources such as the Crisis Text Line for immediate assistance.

Selena Gomez's candid discussion at SXSW serves as a beacon of hope and empowerment for individuals navigating their own mental health journeys.

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