Demi Lovato Campaigns for Mental Health Reform at DNC
Demi Lovato championed mental health reform at the Democratic National Convention on Monday as she endorsed Hillary Clinton for U.S. president. The 23-year-old pop star joined Clinton on the campaign trail earlier this year and she continued her support by taking the stage at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Wells Fargo Center for the first day of the convention as one of the chosen speakers to give remarks on a portion focusing on combating substance abuse.
Lovato, who has been open about her own struggles with mental illness, self-harm, an eating disorder and drug addiction in the past, spoke to the thousands of attendees about her battles, and championed for reform on these issues in Washington, D.C. “Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness,” Lovato said. “But I am lucky. 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, whether they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment. We can do better. Every one of us can make a difference by getting educated on this frightening epidemic and by breaking the stigma. I urge every politician to support laws that will provide better access to healthcare and support for everyone. This is not about politics. It’s simply the right thing to do.” The singer went on to declare her support for Clinton, who she believes will make great strides in mental health reform as the next president of America. “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.” She concluded, “Let’s make her the next president of the United States of America,” before ending her appearance with a performance of her hit “Confident.” In addition to Lovato, Eva Longoria, Paul Simon, and Sarah Silverman, were the other stars who appeared at the DNC on Monday in support of Clinton, while Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, Tony Goldwyn are among the other celebrities slated to appear over the next few days.
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