As someone who has firsthand experience with mental illness, Demi Lovato took to Twitter on Wednesday (November 12) to defend those struggling with similar issues, and she urged others to spread awareness of these illnesses with a new video.
The “Really Don’t Care” singer shared her second PSA for the Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour, in which she reminds those suffering with a mental illness such as bipolar disorder and depression that they are not alone.
The video shines light on the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance which connects those suffering to their peers, and reminds us how important it is to be educated and discuss mental illness to spread awareness.
"I want to make sure others have role models who can say 'I've been there,'" the star, who battles bipolar disorder herself, hopes she can be an inspiration to others.
The 22-year-old who also has voiced her struggle with having an eating disorder, went on to remind people that we should rethink the way we view anorexia or bulimia.
There's a wide misconception that anorexia and/or bulimia is a choice and you often hear people say things like "why doesn't she just start— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) November 12, 2014
eating?" Or even "just stop throwing up." It's the ignorance and lack of education on mental illnesses that continues to but mental health— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) November 12, 2014
care on the back burner to congress even though this is an epidemic that is sweeping our nation, and causing more and more tragedy every day— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) November 12, 2014
The singer continues to insist we think before we judge these diseases that have taken so many lives: "So please, let's be cautious of the words we use when discussing ED's and other mental illnesses."
If you or someone you know is dealing with depression or suffers from a mental illness, find resources, tips, and immediate help at Half of Us, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.