Demi Lovato Wants to Simplify the Conversation Around Mental Illness

By New You Editorial
Posted On Mar 23, 2017
Demi Lovato Wants to Simplify the Conversation Around Mental Illness

Demi Lovato feels that the work she does in supporting mental health research and education has just begun. “When I started to raise awareness around mental health, my goal was to simplify the conversation and break down the barriers that are placed around it,” she said. The singer/songwriter was being honored with the Artistic Award of Courage at the UCLA Semel Institute Open Mind Gala in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles last night. Speaking on the red carpet, Lovato told the reporter that raising this awareness was a passion of hers. “It is something I deal with and I know there are tons of people who deal with mental illness so I feel that I want to use my voice to do more than just sing,” said the actress. “There are tons of people who have come to me and shared their story with me which is beautiful. There are other people who have told me because I have the courage to speak out, they have had the courage to seek help which is really very powerful.” Lovato attended the gala with friend Mike Bayer who credited the singer with being a leader in this field. According to the Chancellor of UCLA, Eugene Block, mental health is the number one source of suffering in the world. While accepting her award on stage, Lovato told the audience she was humbled by the recognition. “For me, the idea was simple,” she said. “Half the battle is won by showing kindness and acceptance to ourselves and others. I soon realized that there were huge factors that stood in the way of that like lack of education and healthcare coverage for the right kind of support. To me, this is a sign of failed leadership in governments and organizations. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 1 in 5 American adults is diagnosed with a mental health condition in any given year.” Lovato went on to explain that most of the people with mental health issues do not have access to resources and are therefore, unable to obtain the correct care. “Not only does this fact not allow us to make progress and move forward as a society but it also hinders us in a number of ways.”

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