Earlier on this summer I wrote about the lack of celebrities supporting campaigns that help raise awareness for suicide, depression, or mental illness. Since then, I have recently been reading about celebrities that have been opening up about their own struggles with mental illness who have started raising awareness after seeking their own help. I heard about Demi Lovato’s story last year in the news, but it wasn’t until it was recently brought up to me again that I found it had so much more meaning. Due to the impact the story left on me and seeing how much courage it takes to open up about something so personal, I thought I would share it in hopes that it would do the same for someone else.
Demi Lovato, former Disney star, singer who is now topping the Billboard charts with her song “Give Your Heart A Break”, and current judge on X Factor, has been struggling with her own mental illness, self-infliction, and eating disorders for years.
Her story, along with countless others, proves just how easy it is to put off getting help until the problem has gone too far. It wasn’t until she had a mental breakdown while on tour that her manager and family members had an intervention and she decided to get help.
Lovato, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has had a long-term struggle with eating disorders, checked into a rehabilitation center last year where she could learn how to cope with her mental illness. Now that she is moving on to the next stage in her life she has appeared in many different media outlets including, People and the recent cover of Cosmopolitan, she has been opening up about what she struggled with for years in hopes that her story can help others going through similar situations.
“Don’t put yourself in danger. It’s very crucial that you get your feelings out — but don’t ever inflict harm on your own body because your body is so sacred. I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she’s worthy of life and that her life has meaning,” Lovato told Seventeen.
Now that she feels she is back in control of her life, the 18-year-old singer/actress is supporting a campaign for young women who might be struggling with eating disorders, depression, cutting, or other mental illnesses. The campaign, “Love Is Louder Than The Pressure to Be Perfect”, gives girls a chance to open up about their own battles and gives them a place to reach out to others and a place to turn for outreach.
It seems more and more campaigns are being created to target specific groups and give the individuals a place to turn where they’ll feel safe and comfortable to open up about their problems. Every campaign that is shared could be one more precious life saved.