Selena Gomez is still only 30, but she's been an important voice in the expanding arena of mental health awareness for years.

The star of the upcoming My Mind & Me documentary is one of the reasons why the public discourse about getting help.

Accepting yourself and taking time to heal is more robust than ever.

Gomez was at the White House meeting with ambassadors and activists, bringing the signature candor about her own experiences.

Including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her 20s—that has helped take this historically stigmatized topic into the light.

I felt like once I found out what was going on mentally, I found that there was more freedom for me to be okay.

"Bringing attention to mental health through media or just by talking about your journeys can help."

In fact, her promise to herself that sharing her story was going to help others became a mantra.

She was dealing with major health crises in the past, including her 2014 lupus diagnosis.

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