Demi Lovato, a 22-year-old singer, songwriter, and actress, recently launched Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, an awareness campaign in collaboration with prominent advocacy groups including The National Alliance on Mental Illness, The National Council for Behavioral Health, and The Jed Foundation. The campaign encourages people across America to use their voices in support of mental health, and it aims to empower people with mental illness to speak up to gain a strong support system for themselves and to access the most appropriate care for their needs.
The singer, who has bipolar disorder, opened up about her own mental health experiences, as well as an eating disorder and addictions to alcohol and cocaine. “I didn’t understand why I was going through what I was when I was dealing with all of this,” she said recently, “and I realized I could share my story and help others.”
Lovato first sought treatment in 2010 and marked being three years sober in March of this year.