Demi Lovato urged politician to make Health Care accessible to all at DNC

Demi Lovato, an American singer, songwriter, and actress, attended at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She emphasizes the need for more resources to treat mental health.

Lovato had suffered from depression, an eating disorder and being bullied before she went into rehab at the age of 18 in November 2010. On October 30, 2010, Lovato withdrew from the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour, entering a treatment facility for “physical and emotional issues”. On January 28, 2011, Lovato completed inpatient treatment at Timberline Knolls and returned home.

She acknowledged that she had had bulimia and had been “self-medicating” with drugs and alcohol “like a lot of teens do to numb their pain”. She added that she “basically had a nervous breakdown” and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during her treatment.

“Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness, but I’m lucky,” told the crowd in Philadelphia. “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.” “I was actually manic a lot of the times that I would take on workloads,” she said. “But then I would come crashing down, and I would be more depressed than ever.”

After her diagnosis, Lovato became an advocate for mental health. “I knew that there were two options,” Lovato told Women’s Health last year. “I could either not talk about my stint in rehab and hope that it went away, or I could talk about it and inspire people to get help for their issues, as well, so that’s exactly what I did.”

Lovato reminded the audience of the possible terrible outcomes if medical attention is not received. “Untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences including suicide, substance abuse and long-term medical issues,” she said. “We can do better. Every one of us can make a difference by getting educated on this epidemic and its frightening statistics and by breaking the stigma.”

She urged politicians to make health care accessible to all. “I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness,” Lovato said. “I’m proud to support a presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people living with mental-health conditions get the care they need to lead fulfilling lives. That candidate is Hillary Clinton.”

made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Musically, Lovato is considered a pop and R&B artist. She released her debut album, Don’t Forget, in September 2008; it debuted at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 530,000 copies.

Lovato said, ‘‘I am just 11 years old the first time I cut myself’’. “There were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn’t know what to do,” Lovato, then 18, said. “The only way that I could get instant gratification was through an immediate release on myself.”

However, Lovato has won a number of awards, including an MTV Video Music Award, 13 Teen Choice Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, an ALMA Award, and a Billboard Touring Award. In 2013, Maxim ranked her 26th on its Hot 100 list and Billboard ranked her second on its Social 50 Artists of the Yea.

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