Demi Lovato Fights for Mental Health Reform

Demi Lovato’s Advice for the Media
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Demi Lovato has been open about her own history of mental illness.

Now, the 23-year-old, who is busy promoting her new album, Confident, is also taking time to advocate for mental health reform. “I went through several years of pain and suffering, and I want to be able to help people and help try to prevent that suffering from happening,” she told People.

On Instagram, Demi posted a picture of herself with Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, and thanked her for speaking up for the cause.

Demi is set to meet with legislators to spread the word about her Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health campaign as part of Hill Day in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 6. She said:

“The problem with mental illness is people don’t look at it as a physical illness. When you think about it, the brain is actually the most complex organ in your body. We need to treat it like a physical illness and take it seriously.”

Lovato went on to tell the publication she thinks the country needs “comprehensive mental health reform,” including better access to healthcare.

Four years ago, Demi revealed her own struggle with bipolar disorder.