Demi Lovato is working to bring awareness about mental health issues to the masses. The singer is teaming with a group of mental health advocacy organizations for the Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health initiative, to spread the word, change the stigma against people with mental disorders and help expand treatment options for those who need it. Lovato herself is bipolar and recalls being relieved when she got her diagnosis. “I remember smiling and thinking great, OK, so there’s not anything wrong with me as a person,” she said. “It’s actually just a condition that I have and I can do something to fix it. I don’t have to be like this forever.”
To move the initiative along, Lovato shares the details of her experience living with bipolar disorder in order to help normalize the illness. “Living well with bipolar disorder is possible, but it takes patience, it takes work and it is an ongoing process. The reality is that you’re not a car that goes into a shop and gets fixed right away. Everyone’s process and treatment plan may be different.” Lovato also wants people to be more open in talking about mental health issues. “It’s not something that anyone should be ashamed of,” she said. “The more people talk about it, the more people can come out and get the help they need.”
You can find out more about the project at the Be Vocal website.