Dealing with mental health issues in the limelight must be incredibly difficult, but it turns out that for Selena Gomez her rough patch had a silver lining. If you didn’t know, late last year Selena checked herself into rehab for anxiety and depression. Luckily, she has come out on the other side of her 90-day stint feeling much happier and healthier, and now Selena is using her experience in rehab for good — as an executive producer on a Netflix show about teen suicide.
The series, called 13 Reasons Why, which is based on a book by the same name from author Jay Asher, revolves around a high-school student trying to make sense of his crush’s decision to take her life. Some of the thirteen reasons why his crush, Hannah, decided to end her life include, “bullying, abuse and block-headed adults,” according to Deadline.
In a panel promoting the series, Selena said that, not only did she relate to the content due to her experiences growing up in the limelight, but she also met a lot of teenagers and young adults in rehab who were going through similarly difficult times like Hannah.
“I was going through a really difficult time when they started production. I went away for 90 days and talked with a lot of kids. It definitely hit home, a very important part of me. Kids have to see something that’s frightening, I want them to understand I definitely relate to everything. I was a mess.”
She also talks about her experience being young and famous, which she thinks wasn’t necessarily worse but “amplified”. “Whether it was just kids,” she says, “or growing up in the biggest high school in the world, which wasDisney Channel, it was also adults that had the audacity to kind of tell me how I should live my life.”
While the series may be at times difficult to watch, Selena thinks the show will help teens going through hard times, especially those teens who put a lot of stock into social media, which she says she “can’t stand” because of its inherent inauthenticity.
“I want to be a part of this, because I think this is what they want, this is what they need.”
You can watch the full panel about the show here:
We can’t WAIT to see this show. We hope it helps young adults feel less alone.