Monday, October 10, World Mental Health Day. To celebrate, Selena Gomez released the trailer for her upcoming Apple TV+ documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me, offering a vulnerable glimpse into her own mental health struggles.
“Be who you are, Selena. Nobody cares what you do,” Gomez’s voiceover says in a montage of her life in the trailer. “It’s about who I am, being okay with where I am. I’m grateful to be alive.”
The clips show Gomez driving a car on a rainy road, as a child in her family’s home, in hotel rooms, on a microphone, in bed, and performing on stage.
The trailer then cuts to news about Gomez’s lupus diagnosis, as well as revealing that she’s dealing with anxiety and depression. The documentary will feature a series of personal interviews about how Gomez has become stronger by speaking out about mental health and her desire to give back to her fans and community with her platform.
The documentary is directed and produced by Alek Keshishian, best known for the groundbreaking documentary popstar Madonna: Truth or Dare.
“I had no interest in doing a traditional pop doc,” Keshishian said My mind and me. “I wanted to show something more authentic and Selena did too. It has a raw vulnerability that captured me… I had no idea at the time that it would become a six-year labor of love.”
Last year, Gomez co-founded a mental health startup called Wondermind with her mom, Mandy Teefey, and entrepreneur Daniella Pierson. The startup received $5 million from Serena Williams’ venture capital firm Serena Ventures in November 2021. The site’s content will focus on interviews, articles and advice on mental health. There will also be tools available to monitor one’s mental health and work on it daily.
In August 2021, Gomez said Ella magazine that it was a relief to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2018 because she internalized her experiences.
“I felt a huge weight lift off me when I found out,” he said. “I could take a deep breath and say, ‘That explains so much.'”
Despite these challenges, Gomez is a Grammy-nominated recording artist and currently stars in the Emmy-nominated Hulu series Only murders in the building with legendary comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short. She also has her own HBO Max cooking show, Selena + Chefwhich just released its fourth season.
The upcoming documentary will be available on Apple TV+ on November 4.