The US singer who is the face of a campaign which aims at eradicating the stigma around mental illnesses now was actually relieved to receive the bi-polar diagnosis a few years back.
“Growing up, I felt very, very depressed. Even though I was playing concerts and living out my dream. I couldn’t tell you why I was upset,” she said.
After a family intervention, she sought treatment and learnt she has a mental illness. “I remember smiling and thinking great, OK, so there’s not anything wrong with me as a person,” she said in a recent interview. Lovato is sharing her story and encouraging others to do the same through Be Vocal: Speak Up For Mental Health, an initiative by different mental-health advocacy groups. The aim is to improve treatment options at all levels and erase the stigma around mental illnesses.
“It’s not something to be ashamed of,” she said. “The more people talk about it, the more people can come out and get the help they need.” Lovato’s improved mental state is reflected in her work. “I’d say my music is a lot happier now!” she said with a laugh. The 22-year-old entertainer said she’ll continue to advocate for mental health, to make mental illnesses as easy to discuss as diabetes or the flu.