Actress, singer, and producer Selena Gomez recently announced the launch of Rare Impact Fund, which will be funded through her beauty company’s sales. The fund’s goal is to raise $100 million over the next ten years to provide comprehensive mental health services to underserved communities through partnering with other organizations and having one percent of Rare Beauty’s annual sales go directly to the fund.
Gomez, who is a known mental health advocate, expressed her desire to destigmatize conversations concerning mental health in an essay penned for CNN. She wrote about her own struggles with depression and anxiety as she dealt with the pressure to be perfect for her fans and others who looked up to her as a role model.
“I’m also a strong advocate for therapy,” Gomez wrote. “It helped me answer a lot of questions about why I was feeling a certain way and helped me overcome some obstacles…after I made the decision to seek help and be open about what I was feeling, it was such a relief. I think admitting I am a human being, and not perfect — nobody is — was actually more beneficial to the people that looked up to me.”
Along with creating the fund in July, Gomez also announced the creation of the Rare Impact Mental Health Council, which will advise Gomez and her company in making the biggest impact possible with the money they have. The council is comprised of expert advisors from leading universities, companies, and organizations.
“There’s so much pressure to look a certain way and makeup is often used to hide or cover up perceived imperfections,” Gomez wrote. “But we want women — and men — to challenge the beauty ‘norm’ by changing the conversation and celebrating what makes each of us unique.”
Common Mental Illnesses & Disorders
If you are struggling with mental illness, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. According to Mental Health America, more than 44 million U.S. adults struggle with mental illness. Adolescents also live with mental illness; 3.1 million youth aged 12 to 17 suffer from major depression, and 1.1 million had a substance abuse disorder in the past year.
Common mental illnesses Americans live with include:
Tapestry believes that caring for one’s mental health is important at any stage in your life, which is why we offer separate mental health treatment programs for adults and adolescents. Our mental health program for adults offers family programming, medication management, and individual and group therapy, all of which are designed to help patients understand their unique struggles and heal through various therapies.
Our adolescent mental health program serves individuals aged 11 to 17 of all genders and focuses on treatment of the whole person, rather than the specific issue at hand, through personalized treatment plans. This trauma-focused program offers not only individual and group therapy, but also workshops for families and caregivers, nutritional consultations, and therapies including meditation and yoga. Our team is passionate about helping our young patients develop healthy techniques now so they can navigate adulthood in a meaningful way later.
Contact Tapestry online or by phone today at (828) 490-4032 to schedule a confidential assessment with a caring team member. We can learn more about you and determine if our mental health program is the right fit for your needs and goals.