It’s no secret to many that Demi Lovato is outspoken about her mental health. She’s an open book when it comes to publicly discussing her battles with several mental health disorders including addiction, bulimia and bipolar disorder.
The 24-year-old songstress once told American Way magazine that she didn’t think she would make it to the age of 21.
Today she is thriving, but Demi will be the first one to tell you, living well is an ongoing struggle.
“It’s not something where you see a therapist once or you see your psychiatrist once, it’s something you maintain to make sure that you want to live with mental illness,” she said. “You have to take care of yourself.”
Demi says that her recovery is still a “work in progress,” and she couldn’t have done it without the help of her friends, family and treatment team.
“If you know someone or you’re dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well,” Demi explains. “I’m living proof of that.”
Demi is an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness, working alongside other organizations on behalf of Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health. The group seeks to support individuals with mental illness and encourage them to be open about finding help.
“I have fans that deal with all sorts of mental illnesses so this is very important to them,” she told People. “They’re a part of a younger generation who hopefully is going to change the future for the next generation where mental illness won’t be so taboo to talk about.”