At the opening of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, pop star and LGBT activist Demi Lovato spoke up about mental health awareness and brought the Philadelphia crowd on their feet with her song, ‘Confident.’
The 23-year-old former Disney star opened her speech by acknowledging that she lives with mental illness, as many in the country do.
‘Like millions of Americans, I’m living with mental illness. But I’m lucky. I have the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility,’ said Lovato, who struggled with bipolar disorder, self-harm, substance abuse, and eating disorder in the past. ‘Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help. Either because they fear the stigma, or cannot afford treatment.’
The singer highlighted that untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences such as suicide, substance abuse and long-term medical issues.
‘We can do better,’ Lovato rallied the crowd. ‘Every one of us can make a difference.’
She urged politicians to fight for laws that would allow people suffering from mental illness better access to health care services.
‘This is not about politics — it’s simply the right thing to do,’ she added.
‘I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness,’ Lovato affirmed, before giving her endorsement of Hilary Clinton as the U.S. Democratic Party’s presidential candidate.
‘I’m proud to support a presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people living with mental health conditions get the care they need to lead fulfilling lives. That candidate is Hillary Clinton!’ the singer said. ‘Let’s make her the next president of the United States of America.’
Lovato then jumped right into a live performance of her hit song, ‘Confident.’
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