At last night’s DNC, Demi Lovato delivered a moving speech about mental illness. Before endorsing Hillary Clinton, Lovato said:
Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness. But I’m 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. Untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences, including suicide, substance abuse, and long-term medical issues. We can do better. Every one of us can make a difference.
She continued, “This is not about politics. It’s simply the right thing to do.”
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Lovato has been open about her mental illness for a while. In late 2010, she left the tour she was on with the Jonas Brothers to go to a treatment facility for substance abuse and emotional issues. Since then, she’s become a champion for the cause, appearing in PSAs and trying to help others who may be struggling. She noted during her speech that she is trying to do her part by “having the treatment center that saw [her] through [her] recovery on tour with [her] so that at least a small group of people, even for a brief moment, can have the same support [she] received.”
She said she believes that Clinton will “fight to ensure all people living with mental health conditions get the care they need to lead fulfilling lives.” She finished up by singing her song “Confident.”
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