Demi Lovato Launches New Mental Health Campaign
Demi Lovato has been vocal about her own struggles with mental illness since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011. Now, the singer has launched a campaign to help others out there. Called "Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health," Lovato has teamed up with five mental-health organizations for the joint venture.
The issue "is very important to me because I have struggled with bipolar disorder for several years now," she told People.
She continued, "Also my father had schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as well, and I watched him live a very unfortunate life because of the lack of access to treatment. So it's very personal to me. I just think mental illness is something people need to learn more about and the stigma needs to be taken away from."
For the campaign, Lovato is partnering with Mental Health America, among other organizations, and Lovato explained how others out there can help.
"It's also about speaking up for your community," she said, "which is taking action, whether it's writing a letter to Congress and telling them how this is affecting you and your life and how you would like to see mental health care more accessible in your community."
"There's so many different ways you can help," she added. "I think together as a country we have to step up and we have to do something about this issue that is becoming quite an epidemic."
Lovato, who has a treatment plan, says she's been "living well with my mental illness -- I am actually functioning like a very happy person would. I couldn't be happier today. Life is really, really great. I have a brand-new puppy and I'm able to not only take care of myself but take care of him as well. I'm living my dream. Life is pretty amazing."
"He's been so helpful when it comes to being a part of my support group," she said "The people that are closest to me in my life are understanding and are willing to call me out on things if they notice unhealthy behaviors coming into play."
She added, "And he's one of those people who's stuck by my side from day one of me getting help and saying, 'Listen, I'm not going to be a "yes" person.' Someone that just says 'yes' to you because they're afraid of what will happen to them because they don't want to get out of the circle."