bert_macklin (bert_macklin) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Ms. Lovato Goes to Washington

Demi was at the National Council Hill's day, an annual two-day event in which behavioral health professionals and advocates meet with members of Congress to fight for better mental health care resources and treatments.

Demi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and suffered with eating disorders, substance abuse, self harm, mania, and depression. She noted that her father had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She has been speaking out about mental health reform to multiple news outlet. Basically wants treatment to be more affordable + spread awareness about the issue.

Here are some quotes, from her interview with US News:
  • "I remember going to treatment and there were girls that would be there for a week and then their insurance would stop paying. That's a problem."

  • "I'm more aware, I'm more present, I'm able to perform better, [I'm] more honest during my performances. But I wouldn't have been that way had I not spoken up."

  • "You deserve to live a happy and healthy life, and the longer you hold this in, the more you're delaying your happiness. It's important that you ask for help because it's not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength."

Some pics from Hill Day:

Demi also spoke with Tamron Hall on MSNBC.

They talked about the recent Oregon shooting, mental health reform, body image issues/ her Vanity Fair photoshoot, wants mental health to be more affordable, and for people to speak up and seek treatment.

US News | MSNBC | Pics

Are you suffering from any mental health disorder, ontd?
Tags: demi lovato, health problems, politics

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