Last year, Selena spoke publicly for the first time about the diagnosis on Miley Cyrus's IGTV series, saying, “Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America — McLean Hospital — and I discussed that, after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar."
Now, as part of her cover story with Elle, Selena said, “I felt a huge weight lifted off me when I found out. I could take a deep breath and go, ‘Okay, that explains so much.’”
“My lupus, my kidney transplant, chemotherapy, having a mental illness, going through very public heartbreaks — these were all things that honestly should have taken me down,” Selena continued.
“Every time I went through something, I was like, ‘What else? What else am I going to have to deal with?’” Selena continued, adding that she told herself, “You’re going to help people.”
“That’s really what kept me going. There could have been a time when I wasn’t strong enough and would have done something to hurt myself.”
Selena previously reflected on her mental health in quarantine, saying, "It's not easy for anyone to be walking through what we're walking through. It's not normal, and it's affecting people, specifically with mental health, and people who could have never thought about things they're thinking about now. And it's really confusing."
You can read Selena's full cover story with Elle here.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is 1-888-950-6264 (NAMI) and provides information and referral services; GoodTherapy.org is an association of mental health professionals from more than 25 countries who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org. The Trevor Project, which provides help and suicide-prevention resources for LGBTQ youth, is 1-866-488-7386. You can also text TALK to 741741 for free, anonymous 24/7 crisis support in the US and UK from the Crisis Text Line.