One of the reasons fans loveDemi Lovato is because she’s always been candid about her own personal struggles. She even opened up in MTV’s 2012 documentary “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong” about depression, eating disorders, self-harm and more following her time at a treatment center in 2010.
In 2011, she revealed she was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, and more recently as Billboard reports, the VMA nominee announced she’ll be joining The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour to further advocate for mental health support and treatment.
As part of the announcement she shared a PSA where she talks about bipolar disorder. The Jed Foundation, which promotes emotional health and preventing suicide, helped launch the Sunovion Pharmaceuticals-supported tour.
“Bipolar depression really got my life off track,” she shares in the PSA clip. “But today I’m proud to say I am living proof that someone can live, love and be well with bipolar disorder when they get the education, support and treatment they need.”
Lovato says in the video that through the tour she will be learning from mental health advocates and hopes to be a source of inspiration for others. “I want to shine a light on the people out there who, like me, are learning to live well mental illness by getting the right diagnosis and finding the right treatment plan,” she explains in the video. “I want to be the most informed and powerful advocate I can be and to help people find the courage to seek help.”
Watch the PSA below.
If you or someone you know is dealing with depression, there are ways to get help. Find resources, tips, and immediate help at Half of Us, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.