“This is not about politics; it’s simply the right thing to do.”
This is what pop singer superstar, Demi Lovato, announced at the opening day of the Democratic National Convention on the topic of mental health awareness and how with the help of one and all, we can all make a difference for those who need it most.
That Monday night, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lovato gave an inspiring and moving speech on the seriousness of this issue amongst Americans today, explaining her own personal story facing mental illness. In favor of the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the 23-year old encouraged the listeners that with Clinton as our president, she would help those affected by this epidemic and lead everyone to a better future. Clinton, thankful for her presence and kind words tweeted back a heartfelt post of gratitude.
“Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness,” says Lovato. “But I am lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility. Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, whether they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment.”
As reported by Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone, the songstress had checked herself into rehabilitation treatment back in 2010 of November as a result of her own substance abuse, eating disorders, and cutting. The young 18-year old at the time was facing troubles with bipolar disorder, something her father also suffered from in the past.
Last night, Lovato stood in support of Clinton, just as she had back at an Iowa rally in early January and even there, she to tried raise awareness for those that are victims of mental illness and how there is success in trying to help; she is one of the best examples of it.
Though she was at the DNC, Lovato made sure to make the distinction between what is right and wrong, what is politics and what is social, and how no matter what the situation, mental health must be treated with the love and support of the people. “We can do better!” encouraged the advocate of the night to both the people and the lawmakers. She continued, “this is not about politics. It is simply the right thing to do.” She exclaimed, “I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness. I am proud to support a presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people with mental health conditions get the care they need to live fulfilling lives. That candidate is Hillary Clinton. Let’s make her the next president of the United States of America.”
Rolling Stone also noted that two years ago, the singer-songwriter began her own initiative that was a treatment scholarship program in honor of her father, Patrick, who died a year before that in 2013. She also was an active figure and participant in the mental health reform movement on Capitol Hill last year in October, 2015.
At the end of her speech, Lovato was praised with applause and excitement, and then she delivered a fantastic and strong performance of her 2015 hit “Confident.”
Watch her entire segment in the video above!