It can be really hard, and really daunting, to admit that you’re struggling with your mental health. I’ve written before about my own issues with it and so has Monty. We do it because we know that if mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are something that we’re dealing with then chances are, some of you guys are dealing with it too. That connection, that reassurance that we’re not alone in many of life’s not-so-fabulous moments, is something that we’re really passionate about here at Show+Tell and we’re really, really proud of that.
I can only imagine that living your life in the limelight, under a microscope where your every move is analysed and judged and when there is a never-ending expectation of perfection, would be hard on an epic level. Yet, it’s these people who often make the most impact when they talk about subjects that are sadly, still a little ‘taboo’, like mental health. That’s why today, we are celebrating Selena Gomez and her incredible speech at the AMAs. In case you missed it, here it is…
If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.
With a massive fan base of young women and girls, I’m not quite sure if even Selena realises the extreme gravity of her words and their impact on all those who look up to her. Her short speech was not used for thank-you’s to record executives or couture designers, but a public declaration to people everywhere that she has struggled; like you, like me, like someone you know. She recognised it, she reached out, and she sought the help she needed to come back from it. Stronger than ever.
“In 2014 this stage was actually the first time that I was authentically, 100 per cent honest with all of you,” Selena told the audience.
“I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life whether I like it or not. I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside. I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down.”
In a modern world where young women and girls are consumed with posting ‘perfect’ images of themselves on Instagram, where their worth is often determined by the number of ‘likes’ they get, Selena’s words were a slap-in-the-face kind of refreshing.
“I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here [touches chest]. I’m not trying to get validation nor do I need it any more.”
Congratulations Selena. Congratulations on both your award and your brilliant speech that no doubt, resonated with people everywhere. You’re a bloody champion.