Pop sensation Demi Lovato is best known for her powerful vocals and inspiring lyrics. The songstress has long been an outspoken advocate for mental health. Now she’s a co-owner of CAST—the rehab facility where she was able to get help.
In July Lovato spoke at the Democratic National Convention on the stigma of mental illness. No stranger to mental illness herself, Lovato is not shy when it comes to sharing her struggles with bulimia, bipolar and self-harm disorders.
“Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness,” she said in her speech at the DNC. “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, whether they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment.”
— CNN (@CNN) July 25, 2016
In 2013, after battling years of mental health issues, Demi Lovato was referred to the CAST Center in Los Angeles for help with depression, bulimia and substance abuse. The treatment worked, and continues to work for the pop-star every day.
Since seeking treatment, Lovato has done things differently when it comes to her performances, touring and meeting fans. She’s brought her rehab guru, and the man she credits with saving her life, Mike Bayer on tour with her. He’s the CEO of CAST, and together they hold “wellness workshops” for fans before each show.
Demi Lovato has been a leading voice in the growing movement of people opening up about their own mental health conditions. These wellness workshops give her fans the opportunity to have a conversation, hear and share stories of their own battles, and be encouraged by someone who can “stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness.”
“How many 24-year-olds own their own treatment center?” says Lovato’s manager, Phil McIntyre. “But then to leverage her position in pop music to do so much good is just incredible.”
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) September 8, 2016
Demi never seems to fail us when it comes to what she’s passionate about. Whether it’s music, singing, acting or advocating, she’s a role model in taking a stand and fighting for what you believe.
“It sounds ridiculous but, like, I kind of made a pact with God,” Lovato told CBS News. “And I don’t even think you’re supposed to do that, but I was, like, I promised, ‘If you make me a singer one day, I’m going to use my voice for so much more than singing, and I’m going to help people with it.’”
Demi, you seem to have done just that. 🙂