Demi Lovato is a singer, actress, and mental health advocate who has been open about her struggles with addiction, eating disorders, and self-harm. In recent years, she has become a vocal advocate for mental health awareness and has spoken out about the importance of asking for help.
In a recent interview with Today’s Savannah Sellers, Lovato shared her message for teenagers struggling with their mental health: “I want them to know that talking to people and asking for help is more than okay and is absolutely what you should do.”
“The very first time that I went to treatment was when I was 18,” Lovato told Sellers. “I went from my eating disorder, and I went for self-harm and emotional issues. And when I came out with that experience, I was faced with the decision of either ‘keep your mouth shut and not say anything’ or ‘share your experience strength and hope with another person in hopes that it affects them in a positive way.’”
“I wanted to help others,” she explained. “I wish that I had somebody when I was 13 years old and having an eating disorder and starving myself. I wanted somebody in the public eye to say that ‘Hey, this is what I’ve gone through, and you don’t have to choose that route.’”
Lovato knows firsthand the challenges of dealing with mental health issues. She has been in and out of rehab multiple times and has even overdosed on drugs. But she has also found the strength to overcome her struggles and become a role model for others.
She ended the interview with good news:
“I don’t want to paint the facade that everything is totally perfect and fine. But I am in a really good place, and it has been kind of challenging to write a happy rock album,” she admitted with a laugh. “But I’m doing it! But I have bad days. I had a bad day on Sunday. I realized that even to this day, no matter how happy I might feel and seem. I’m human, and it’s okay to still struggle even when you’re in a great place.”
In an interview with @WatchSavannah, Demi Lovato spoke of their fight with anxiety, depression, suicide ideation and addiction, touching on why their relapses have pushed them to remain an open book for those facing similar struggles. https://t.co/9NNBeIdCg7 pic.twitter.com/hCgHevA55X
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