The "Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion" has been given to pop icon Selena Gomez for her dedication to the cause of mental health awareness.

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The Ruderman Family Foundation, which seeks to increase access to crucial mental health programs, selected the artist to receive the prize.

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In honouring the former Disney Channel star, the Boston-based nonprofit cited her "dedication to increasing mental health awareness and her commitment to extending access to mental health treatments and education for young people around the world" as justification.

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President Jay Ruderman said in a statement, “Selena Gomez powerfully embodies our Foundation’s mission in the mental health arena a mission which continues to take on greater importance amid today’s unprecedented mental health crisis for teens, young adults, and the entire population”. 

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“Drawing inspiration from her personal journey, Selena has given voice to the struggles of countless individuals who have endured mental health challenges, while working tirelessly to increase access to indispensable mental health resources and programs” Jay further added. 

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Selena's commitment to raising awareness of mental health has frequently been praised.

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The singer-actress won the 2019 McClean Award, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

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On her Instagram live series "Bright Minded" in 2020, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter made the first public announcement of her Bipolar Disorder diagnosis alongside fellow pop star Miley Cyrus.

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Gomez was last seen in the documentary ‘Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me’, recently released on Apple TV+. 

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“I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar,” Gomez said in the Instagram live.  

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