Demi Lovato urges Congress to pass mental health legislation

She’s usually seen taking the stage to sing one of her hit songs, but on Thursday, Demi Lovato addressed an audience at the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s annual conference with a different kind of message for Congress: to pass mental health reform.

“Those of us here today know that mental illness has no prejudice. It affects people of every race, age, gender, religion and economic status. It doesn’t discriminate between Republicans or Democrats either,” the 22-year-old “Really Don’t Care” singer said to the crowd gathered in Washington.

Sharing her own struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction, Lovato urged lawmakers to act, saying, “We’ve seen increased attention to our country’s broken mental health system over the past few years, but we’ve seen very little action. Today our message is very clear: it’s time for Congress to act for mental health by supporting the passage of a comprehensive mental health bill this year.”

The former Disney star admitted she’s “not a policy expert in any way, shape, or form,” before saying, “but I do know that the basics of comprehensive care make good sense, common sense.”

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