Demi Lovato's Powerful Mental Health Speech: "We Can Do Better"
The singer raised her voice for the millions of Americans living with mental illness at the Democratic National Convention last night
Demi Lovato isn't a celeb who keeps quiet about the issues that matter. She's already used her platform to promote self-love and body positivity, and to raise awareness for her battle with bipolar disorder. And last night, she continuted to take a stand when she addressed the nation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadephia, calling for an end to the stigma around mental health, and urging politicans to get on board with long overdue change in the realm of mental healthcare. (Related: 9 Celebs Who Are Vocal About Mental Health Issues.)
"Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness," Lovato stated. "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, either because they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment," she continued.
"Untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences, including suicide, substance abuse, and long-term medical issues. We can do better," she said. Lovato went on to tell Americans to educate themselves on the "epsidemic and its frightening statistics," and urged politicians to support laws that will prove access to better mental healthcare. (Hopefully, the new mental health bill passed in the House will do just that.)
While Lovato has publicly supported Clinton since January and has performed on her campaign trail, she makes it clear that at the end of the day, it's about so much more than an election. "This is not about politics. It's simply the right thing to do," she said.
"I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness," she concluded. "I'm proud to support a presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people living with mental health conditions get the care they need to live fulfilling lives."