Demi Lovato Will Offer Free Wellness Sessions at Her 2018 Tour
"It's important that I use my voice for more than just singing."
Demi Lovato has been fighting to destigmatize mental illness ever since she began opening up about her personal struggles with bipolar disorder, self-harm, and eating disorders. The Grammy nominee is finding a way to use her voice once again as she gets ready to go on her North American tour with DJ Khaled.
On Wednesday, the singer spoke about her upcoming tour with Good Morning America, revealing that she'll be bringing CAST Centers, the treatment and wellness program she personally attended, on tour with her to provide free group therapy sessions to concert attendees.
"It's important that I use my voice for more than just singing, and I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others and to share my story in hopes it inspires people to either get into recovery or better themselves. Whatever it is, I just want people to know they're not alone and I'm here for them," she told GMA host Robin Roberts. "I think it's very important to take away the stigma of mental illness. I actually have bipolar disorder, and I'm very open about that because I think that mental health affects so many people and we need to take the stigma away from it."
The sessions are going to be free for anyone 16 or older who bought a concert ticket. The sessions themselves will take place before each show during the tour. "It's basically like a therapy session before the concerts, and we have speakers from all over, and we're also helping out with different charities from around the country, so it'll be incredible and a very moving and inspiring experience," Lovato explained.
This isn't the first time Lovato has brought CAST on tour with her. She did the same thing in 2016 on her Future Now tour with Nick Jonas. "It was such an incredible experience the last time we did this on tour," she told Roberts. "I've actually met people that go to CAST because they went to CAST on tours and realized they needed to get sober or they needed to better themselves in some other way, and it's changed lives, and I want to be able to do that again."
Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me tour begins on February 26 in San Diego.