Selena Gomez launching mental wellness platform – will she make the same mistake as all the others?

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

As the author of 14 books about different aspects of #MentalWellness (stress, vigor, etc), including my latest (Mental Fitness) that was published about 2 months ago, I am encouraged that mental health is becoming a “thing” among celebrities and increasingly with the general public.

Here is a short story from CNN about Selena Gomez’s latest venture, Wondermind, that will be focused on “ending the stigma” around mental illness. 

This is a nice first step – hopefully to get people talking – but I hope she doesn’t make the SAME mistake that so many people do in thinking that “mental” issues are only “brain” issues.

As I write in Mental Fitness, how you feel is NOT just in your head (brain), but also in your gut (2nd brain) and heart (3rd brain) – and by optimizing your entire Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis, we can maximize our Mental Fitness.

This is why talk therapy, mindfulness, yoga, meditation, breath work, and the zillions of stress management apps are only “somewhat” helpful for most people. These typical approaches are merely the tip of the iceberg and maximizing mental fitness requires attention to optimizing the entire Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis.

If you want to feel your best and perform at your peak, then you need to be thinking about your gut first

Here is the article on CNN (and a text version pasted below) =

Selena Gomez launches new media platform with a focus on mental health

By Megan Marples, CNN

November 22, 2021

(CNN) Talking about mental health is good for you, according to pop star, actor and producer Selena Gomez, and she’s determined to be the catalyst for positive change.

The “Ice Cream” singer announced the launch of her latest venture, Wondermind, a mental health platform focused on connecting people with educational resources and ending the stigma around mental illnesses.

She teamed up with her mother, Mandy Teefey, and The Newsette founder and CEO Daniella Pierson to create the media company, which is set to launch in February 2022.

Gomez hasn’t been shy when it comes to discussing her mental health publicly. She previously wrote for CNN about how she’s a “big advocate for social media detoxes” and therapy.

And she announced on Miley Cyrus’ Instagram show “Bright Minded” in April that she has bipolar disorder.

“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,” Gomez said. “And so when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it.”

Her mother revealed being misdiagnosed for over 20 years with bipolar disorder that later turned out to be attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, with trauma, according to the Wondermind website’s welcome video.

Pierson opened up in the video as well, saying she has dealt with obsessive compulsive disorder since she was a child. The three said they struggled to find a safe space online where they could engage with uplifting content about mental health on a daily basis. Enter Wondermind.

Daily commitment to mental health

The platform’s strategy centers around mental fitness, providing daily exercises people can do to strengthen their mental health.

They will be launching physical products as a part of that plan, beginning with a physical journal that will feature creative prompts, according to Wondermind spokesperson Meredith Sidman.

“Your mind is truly like a muscle, and to work on it every single day, it does require content and tools, and we’re so happy to deliver that to you all,” Pierson said in the video.

The site also hinted at the launch of a podcast that would be a platform for others to share their mental health challenges. Teefey will host the podcast and interview notable psychiatrists, athletes and celebrities, Sidman said.

“I’m so excited about Wondermind because I want there to be a place of people coming together and understanding that they’re not alone,” Gomez said in the video.

A slew of mental health advocates will share their expertise on the website, beginning with Minaa B., a licensed therapist in New York City, and John Kim, a licensed therapist and host of “The Angry Therapist” podcast.

Aside from Wondermind, Gomez’s cosmetics company, Rare Beauty, launched the Rare Impact Fund in July 2020 with a goal to raise $100 million over 10 years to fund mental health education. “With the Rare Impact Fund, we want to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, address the epidemic of chronic loneliness, and help give people access to the resources and services they need to support their mental well-being,” Gomez wrote for CNN.

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