Worldwide there are more and more people with psychological complaints such as chronic stress, panic attacks or depression. And yet it remains a difficult topic to talk about. To break the stigma, singer and actress Selena Gomez (29) is setting up a new platform: Wondermind.
“Mental health is a subject close to my heart. It is extremely important that there are places where people can come together, and where they can see that they are not alone with their struggles”, writes Selena Gomez on Instagram. On the social medium, the singer also announced that Wondermind will be launched early next year, and that she will partner with her mother, Mandy Teefey, and Daniella Pierson, CEO of the online news and lifestyle platform ‘The Newsette’.
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Selena’s mission: to eliminate taboos and make mental health care available to everyone. As part of Wondermind, she sends out a weekly newsletter, filled with practical information and inspiration. On the site she provides tools designed by experts to improve your well-being, think of specific journals, breathing exercises and so on. There will also be a weekly podcast.
“Every person has their own journey when it comes to mental health. Ignoring or hiding it won’t change anything. On the contrary: the problems are very, very real and remain. So we urgently need to start talking about this,” Gomez said.
The number of people with anxiety and depression has increased by 25 percent since the start of the pandemic.
In any case, her timing is apt, because our mental well-being is a hot topic. According to a recent study published in the scientific journal ‘The Lancet’, the number of people with anxiety and depression has increased by 25 percent since the start of the pandemic. It is also a pressing theme in our country: no fewer than one in five minors and one in seven adults suffer from a mental disorder, while the waiting times for professional help are extremely long. This is shown by poignant figures from Zorgnet-Icuro, the umbrella organization for better care.
It’s an open secret that Selena Gomez has already swam through some difficult waters herself. She has been battling panic attacks and depression for some time, and talks about this very openly. She came to the conclusion that she has been hospitalized and sought psychological help several times, and that she is bipolar. Now that she is getting the right treatment and medication, she says she is feeling better. The fact that a familiar face like Gomez speaks so candidly about this will certainly help to break through stigmas. No doubt Wondermind will open up the conversation about mental health even more.
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