*Photo credit The American Music Awards
The 2016 American Music Awards took place on November 20, and pop star Selena Gomez won the award for Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist. Gomez went on stage to accept the award, but it was her powerful acceptance speech that touched on her depression and anxiety that resonated with the audience.
Gomez had taken a break from her singing career this summer to address mental health issues and a diagnosis of Lupus. She moved the crowd to tears during her speech and gave hope to the audience and millions of viewers by saying,
“If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”
Depression & Mental Health
Depression, anxiety, ADHD and many other mental health issues are more common that most people think. MentalHealth.gov sites that one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue. Also, one in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression.
If you know someone that you think might need help, here are some warning signs that might signal an issue:
- Abnormally low or no energy
- Acting out irrationally; yelling or fighting with friends and family
- Eating or sleeping too much, or too little
- Disinterest in usual activities or friends
- Feelings of hopelessness, disregard, helplessness
- Thoughts of self-harm or harming others
Along with other celebrities Gomez is assisting to remove the stigma around speaking about mental health issues. Her public speech is helping to inform that recovery is possible. Here’s how you can help someone find their way through depression, anxiety, trauma, feelings of violence and other interpersonal struggles to find hope and healing:
- Letting them know you care, treat them with respect and listen
- Learning and sharing information about mental health and treatment
- Helping them find the treatment that is right for them
If you know a child or young adult struggling with depression or experiencing thoughts of self-harm, contact our psychiatric hospitals at 1-866-KVC-CARES (582-2273), or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).