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Demi Lovato has not been shy about that fact that she’s had her struggles, in fact the singer has been speaking out more and more about her experience of being diagnosed as bipolar, as well as the time it’s taken her to fully feel comfortable in her body. Now she’s taking her story all the way to Congress, in hopes that her celebrity will be able to make changes that she sees necessary to alleviate a lot of unnecessary suffering.
Today, October 6, Demi will personally meet with legislatures at the “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” initiative, which is being held on the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Hill Day in Washington, D.C.
Demi spoke to People about getting involved with the cause.
“I went through several years of pain and suffering, and I want to be able to help people and help try to prevent that suffering from happening.”
She has spoken out about the reform changes that we need in addressing mental health, and also about the need for the simple but valuable open dialogue about it.
“I think it’s important that people no longer look at mental illness as something taboo to talk about. It’s something that’s extremely common, one in five adults has a mental illness, so basically everyone is essentially connected to this problem and this epidemic. The problem with mental illness is people don’t look at it as a physical illness. When you think about it, the brain is actually the most complex organ in your body. We need to treat it like a physical illness and take it seriously.”
The cause is incredibly close to Demi even outside of her own experience, as her father who passed away in 2013 was schizophrenic. She started the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program in his honor.
It’s wonderful to see such a young star proving that authenticity is the best way, and that a single voice matters.