The White House has hired pop star and actress Selena Gomez to promote mental health with President Biden, first lady Jill Biden and U.S. surgeon Vivek Murthy.
An online clip shared with CNN for the first time shows the star talking to government celebrities about her battle with bipolar disorder and her efforts to reduce stigma around mental health.
“I don’t take it lightly. I’m not perfect, I’m human. I have what I’ve been through. That’s why I feel like someone like me wants to be the other side of the voice and say: I didn’t take it all Putting it all together, I have to fix this. I do everything I can to escape that feeling,” Ms Gomez said.
Mr Biden is boosting mental health as part of his broader attempt to emerge from the pandemic slump and help Americans navigate the dark corners of social media. Mental health should be on the same level as physical health, he said.
Tuesday’s mass school shootings in Texas could refocus on mental health, as well as the debate around gun control.
Singer and actress Ms. Gomez is an outspoken advocate who founded Wondermind, a platform that connects people with mental health education tools.
“People look at you and say, look at this talented guy. She told me she had a problem? Oh, well, I guess it’s okay – get help,” Mr Biden told Ms Gomez in the video.
Mr Biden has a habit of inviting pop stars to promote agenda items.
He got Olivia Rodrigo, a 19-year-old singer who made a splash last year, to promote COVID-19 vaccination in the early days of the immunization movement.
Iconic South Korean boy band BTS will head to the White House next week to discuss anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes.